Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Bus explosion kills 2 in the Philippines

A man sells potted flowers on a busy street in Makati City in the Philippines. Police say a bus explosion killed 2 people and wounded over a dozen passengers on Tuesday, January 25, 2011. (Mindanao Examiner Photo)

MANILA, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Jan. 25, 2011) – An explosion Tuesday ripped through a passenger bus in the Philippine financial district of Makati City and killed two people, police said.

Police said more than a dozen passengers were also wounded in the afternoon blast.

“We still cannot determine the cause of the explosion, but two passengers were killed and 15 more are injured,” said Police Director Nicanor Bartolome.
He said the blast tore a hole on the metal flooring of the bus.

But the mayor of Makati City, Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr said a bomb was probably the cause of the explosion.

“The amount of destruction caused by the explosion points to a bomb,” Binay, who inspected the bus, told reporters.

The mayor said he saw body parts inside the bus that exploded near Buendia Avenue. The bomb was believed planted under a seat of the bus.

No group has claimed responsibility for the blast, but a local militant group Abu Sayyaf and the Indonesian Jemaah Islamiya had previously bombed civilian targets in Manila. (Mindanao Examiner)

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