Friday, July 10, 2009

Traders close shops in Cotabato; protest bomb attack

Police released Friday, July 10, 2009 a sketch of a suspected bomber blamed for a deadly attack that killed 6 people and injured dozens more. Shops also closed on Friday to protest Sunday bombing blamed on terrorists. (Mindanao Examiner Photo / Mark Navales)

COTABATO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / July 10, 2009) – Business shops in Cotabato City in the southern Philippines closed on Friday as traders protest a deadly bombing blamed to local terrorists.

Police also released a sketch of a man suspected to have carried Sunday’s attack outside a Catholic church that killed 6 people and injured dozens more. Christian and Muslim religious leaders condemned the bombing.

Shops also put signs calling for a stop to bombings and kidnappings. A McDonald branch put up a streamer which reads “Stop Kidnappings.” The US hamburger chain was among those that closed on Friday.

Soldiers and policemen were spotted patrolling Cotabato City for fear that there would be more attacks or kidnappings. Several people had been kidnapped and ransomed off in Cotabato the past months and police blamed them to the Pentagon Gang, whose members were former Moro rebels.

On Friday, President Gloria Arroyo cancelled her scheduled visit to Cotabato City because of threats of terror. (With a report from Mark Navales)

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