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Philippine port bomb attack foiled

Philippine port bomb attack foiled

Manila: Police in the southern Philippines said Monday they had foiled a bomb attack at Butuan city's port of Nasipit, writes AFP. The bomb was disarmed after employees of the Superferry shipping company's ticketing office alerted maritime police to a suspicious package left on the premises, police said.

Ordinance experts called to the site found that the package contained a powerful bomb made from ammonium nitrate, an agricultural chemical used by insurgents to make explosives.

Regional police commander Chief Superintendent Jaime Milla said no one claimed responsibility for the attack. He added that security had been stepped up at all ports and other key installations in the city to prevent any further attacks.   [26/055/09]