Bomb Attack in Manila, 2 Dead
Two explosions in the Philippine capital on Saturday night killed at least two people and injured four others, police and witnesses said.
National Capital Region Police Office Chief Oscar Albayalde told CNN Philippines that investigators have not found any indication of terrorism.
An initial blast occurred at about 6:00pm (1000 GMT) near a Muslim mosque in Quiapo, one of the older parts of Manila where there are big slums, a police report said.
That blast killed two and injured four, according to the report. A second explosion occurred in the same area around 8:30pm, according to an AFP photographer who was among a group of journalists near the scene. The second explosion did not cause major damage to any of the shops or other buildings in the street, according to the AFP photographer.
But it appeared to injure a policeman who was inspecting the body of one of the victims of the first blast, according to witnesses. Police did not immediately give any explanation for Saturday’s explosions. Militants who have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group are based in the southern Philippines, more than 800 kilometres (500 miles) from Manila.
The Government urged the public to be vigilant following the twin explosions in Quiapo, Manila, Saturday evening, which killed two people and injured six others.
“We are saddened by the loss of lives brought by yesterday’s night explosions in Quiapo. We likewise wish for the immediate recovery of those who were wounded. While investigation is now ongoing, we ask the public to remain alert and immediately report to authorities any suspicious activity or movement,” presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a statement.
“Also, we urge our people to refrain from forwarding news from unverified sources that may cause undue alarm and panic,” Abella added.
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