VIDEO: Man known to Police grievously injured in Imsida car bomb explosion

Car bomb explosion at Imsida. At about 10.40 this morning a car which was stopped at traffic lights near the GWU monument in the direction of Birkirkara suddenly exploded. A man in the car was grievously injured, and first indications are that he lost both his legs. The victim is 40-year-old Romeo Bone from Floriana, and is well known to the Police.

Five other persons in the vicinity of the explosion, including in the vehicle behind, were taken to Mater Dei hospital for treatment for shock and for injuries they sustained.

2017-02-20-PHOTO-00000011Sergeant Ivan Caruana from Imsida Police station was the first Police officer on the scene, and courageously pulled Bone out of the wreckage. When he saw the injuries sustained by Bone, Sergeant Caruana took off his uniform top and bound up Bone’s legs to stem the flow of blood until the arrival of an ambulance.

A number of ambulances and an emergency doctor were soon on the scene, together with other Police officers, Civil Portection personnel and members of the Armed Forces Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit. Forensic experts under Inspector Keith Arnaud were also summoned to investigate the case. The Police are also using a drone to take aerial photographs and videos to assist with their investigations.

The injured persons are Romeo Bone, who was in the car which exploded, and two other persons who were in the car right behind it, and who were probably injured with pieces of metal from the explosion. Three other persons in the vicinity were treated on site for shock.

As a consequence of the explosion there were scenes of panic at Imsida, with black smoke visible from hundreds of metres distant, and a huge traffic congestion was caused as a result. It is reported that traffic flow in Imsida, Ta’ Xbiex and Gzira, among other localities,  was effected as a result of the explosion.

Persons who spoke with said they heard the explosion from Guardamangia and also from the University.

This was the second car bomb explosion this year. On 29 January 61-year-old Victor Calleja of Hamrun, known as ic-Chippy, was killed in a car bomb at Marsa.