Blast hits Philippine mall

One dead and four injured but police deactivate a second bomb before it detonates.

    The congressional building in Manila was bombed
    last week [AFP]

    Small-scale bombings are common in the southern part of the Philippines, where Muslim and communist fighters sometimes use explosive devices as a means to extort money.

    The country has been rattled by a number of explosions in recent weeks.
    The congressional building in Manila was bombed last week in an apparent assassination attempt on a Muslim politician.

    The attack came barely a month after an explosion in a shopping mall in the capital Manila killed 11 people.

    Police have confirmed that the Glorietta mall blast was caused by a gas explosion but a final report on the cause will be completed within the coming weeks.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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