Thursday, December 18, 2008
Twin bomb explosions in Iligan City kill 2 people, injure 47 others
Two bomb explosions rocked few minutes apart in Iligan City, killing two people and injuring at least thirty-five others Thursday afternoon in two shopping centers, authorities said.
The first explosion went off at around 1:25 p.m. at the Uni City Commercial Center and five minutes after another blast occurred at the Jerry Shoppers Plaza, military sources said.
Both shopping stores are located at Aguinaldo Street in Palao.
The bombs were left in the baggage counters of the two shopping centers, said Army 1st Lt. Esteffani Cacho, spokesperson of the Western Mindanao Command.
"The first explosion injured two people and damage of a van and the second blast killed two and injured four others," Cacho said.
However, Cacho's updated report (as of 4:00 p.m. Thursday) showed that the number of injured victims increased to 47 while the number of slain victims remain two.
She said the victims of the twin blasts were rushed to the different hospitals in Iligan City and their identities are not yet known.
A radio report said a baggage counter clerk at one of the stores was one of the fatalities.
Cacho said a team of bomb squads with K9 units of the 403rd Brigade were sent to the blast cites to help police authorities in the investigation.
Top military officials at the Western Mindanao Command headquarters would not comment about question on who may be responsible for the twin blasts.
Late August this year, two homemade bombs exploded almost simultaneously in two budget hotels in Iligan City, wounding at least four people.
Leaders of anti-homeland deal suspected rogue Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels under Commander Bravo were responsible for the August two bomb attacks.