Marsa van ex­plo­sion: Im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice was trig­gered by mo­bile phone – sources

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

An im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice that went off un­der a van in Marsa on Mon­day evening, in­jur­ing a to­tal of three peo­ple, was trig­gered by a mo­bile phone, army sources have told The Malta In­de­pen­dent.

The ex­plo­sion took place in­side a white Ford Tran­sit van as it was driv­ing along Aldo Moro Road in Marsa. The po­lice con­firmed yes­ter­day that the driver, a 35-yearold from Qormi, suf­fered se­ri­ous in­juries and is be­ing treated at the In­ten­sive Care Unit at Mater Dei Hos­pi­tal. Sources said the man had both his legs am­pu­tated.

It is un­der­stood that the man, who is a dock worker, was the in­tended tar­get.

The pas­sen­ger, a 45-year-old from Naxxar, suf­fered slight in­juries. The Ford van hit an elec­tric­ity pole shortly af­ter the ex­plo­sion.

A third man was in­jured when glass hit him in the face as he was driv­ing his car, an Opel Zafira, along­side the van at the time of the blast.

Traf­fic chaos en­sued on the busy Marsa road as po­lice of­fi­cers closed all four lanes un­til in­ves­ti­ga­tions were car­ried out.

Mem­bers of the AFM’s Ex­plo­sive Ord­nance Dis­posal unit car­ried out a search on the van us­ing a ro­bot. AFM com­man­der Bri­gadier Jef­frey Curmi, him­self an EOD man, was also on site.

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