Yet another crisis

Police: Bomb in Batasan blast had nails for shrapnels

Police on Wednesday said nails were used as shrapnels of the bomb that exploded at the Batasan Pambansa Complex Tuesday night, which killed three people, including a congressman, and wounded 11 others.

In a press conference in Camp Crame, police officials said several nails were recovered by investigators at southwing entrance of the House of Representatives building, where the bomb went off.

In past deadly bombings, particularly in Kidapawan City last May, bombers also used nails as shrapnel for an improvised explosive device (IED).

Police had said that using nails as shrapnels for IEDs is a signature of the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) terror group. Police had said that nails are used to inflict more damage or result to more casualties.

Director General Avelino Razon Jr., Philippine National Police chief, said they have yet to determine if the deadly blast at the Batasan complex was carried out by terrorists.

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