Friday, April 01, 2011

Bomb explosion wounds civilian in Southern Philippines

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Apr. 1, 2011) – One person was wounded in a bomb attack Friday at a market in Basilan province in the southern Philippines, security officials said.

Officials said an improvised bomb planted inside a fruit basket exploded in one of the market stalls in Isabela City.

“Initial investigation revealed that the explosion was caused by an improvised explosive device which was planted inside a basket containing bananas,” said Army Lieutenant Colonel Randolph Cabangbang, a regional military spokesman.

He said blast investigators recovered a time fuse and electrical wires believed part of the explosive.

No individual or group claimed responsibility for the attack which occurred near a jail facility where Abu Sayyaf militants are being held.

It was not immediately known if the bombing was carried out by the militant group linked by Filipino authorities to terrorism and kidnappings in Mindanao region.

The attack coincided with ongoing military operations in Basilan aimed at rescuing three people believed kidnapped separately by rebels. (Mindanao Examiner)

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