Tuesday, December 21, 2021

22 vintage bombs recovered in Zamboanga

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Police on Tuesday said a worker had dug up 22 vintage bombs at a construction site here and were quickly recovered by members of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team.

Maj. Shellamie Chang, a regional police spokesperson, said the bombs were discovered by 52-year old Alex Glinogo near the office of the Civil Service Commission in Upper Cabatangan on Monday.


Chang said Glinogo immediately informed the police about the bombs. “Upon receipt of the information, personnel of ZCPS7 (Zamboanga City Police Station 7) coordinated with the EOD9 and proceeded to the place (and safely recovered the bombs),” she said.


Police did not say the type of vintage bombs it recovered, but Zamboanga City was occupied by the Imperial Japanese military forces in March 1942 during World War II.


The Japanese military forces was defeated and surrendered by the joint American and Filipino ground forces including the ZamboangueƱo Christian and Muslim resistance fighters after the main battles.


During the Battle of Zamboanga, over 48,700 Filipino troops and more than 7,600 ZamboangueƱo guerrillas were killed and wounded. The war also left over 14,000 American troops dead and wounded and at least 233,000 Japanese soldiers killed.  


Zamboanga City was liberated in March 11, 1945, but fighting on the Zamboanga Peninsula continued until the end of the war on September 2, 1945. (Mindanao Examiner)

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