‘Detonated wagon’ and ‘police probe’

Rokiah Mahmud

A wagon was yesterday found completely charred, believed to be the result of a detonated self-made explosive device. The driver was found dead, and efforts were in place to identify the victim.

The ‘incident’ was part of the scenario for the 4th Live Blast and Post Blast Investigation Training Exercise Solar IV Brunei Darussalam between the RBPF and Singapore Police Force. The two-day training started on October 1.

As part of the exercise, the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) received a distress call at 10.30am reporting the sound of an explosion, and smoke bellowing from a junction area in the Tutong District.

Personnel from the Crime Scene Investigation Unit along with investigators from the Criminal Investigation Department “rushed to the scene” in search of answers.

Fragments from the explosion were collected and examined.

Acting Director of Criminal Investigation Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Hassan bin Pehin Penyurat Haji Ahmad witnessed the exercise. Also present was Deputy Commissioner of Police (Investigation and Intelligence) of the Singapore Police Force Florence Chua Siew Lian.

The exercise was held at Binturan Shooting Range in Tutong.

Teams inspecting the scene for clues. PHOTO: ROKIAH MAHMUD