Bomb attack foiled at NAIA

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Monday, September 1, 2014

MANILA. Philippine National Police bomb squad unit checks the surrounding outside the departure area of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 on Monday, at suburban Pasay City. Airport security has been increased Monday after four men were taken into custody by the National Bureau of Investigation agents at the parking lot of the NAIA Terminal 3 hours earlier. (AP Photo)

MANILA (Updated) -- Four people were arrested Monday after they were allegedly caught in the act assembling explosive devices inside a parked car at the compound of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3.

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said operatives of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) intercepted at the airport's parking lot B a white Toyota Revo sports utility vehicle (license plate WMK 129) loaded with improvised explosive devices.

It said that aside from the explosive devices, other materials such as gasoline and several suspicious kinds of powders supposedly used in bomb making were also found inside the vehicle.

Authorities said NBI received a tip a month ago regarding a plot to bomb the airport. They were also informed of the presence some suspicious-looking individuals at the airport vicinity last Sunday evening.

The NBI said the supposed plot is targeting the airport and the posh mall, which houses a casino, in front of it.

President Benigno Aquino III immediately ordered authorities to submit a report to him regarding the alleged foiled attack at the NAIA.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that Aquino was already informed about the arrest of four people at the compound of NAIA Terminal 3.

He said the Department of Justice and the NBI were specifically directed to submit a report to the President regarding the incident.

Because of the incident, authorities at the airport have been ordered to be in full alert.

The arrested suspects were placed under NBI's custody. (With SDR/Sunnex)

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