An improvised explosive device (IED) was found near a school in Midsayap town in North Cotabato province Thursday night.

The IED was recovered around 10:45 p.m. across the Midsayap Central Elementary School, according to a report Friday on Radyo Mo Nationwide (RMN).

RMN quoted Midsayap deputy police head Inspector Enilo Galilea as saying the IED was also positioned near the municipal plaza.

Police suspect the motive for putting the IED there was more to instill fear among residents, the RMN report added.

An initial investigation showed the IED was made from a 60-mm mortar and was wired to a nine-volt battery, with a cellular phone as the triggering device.

The RMN report said an Explosives and Ordnance team conducted a controlled detonation of the device. — LBG, GMA News