UPDATED: Abu Sayyaf behind Zamboanga City blast, according to Police, conducting a terror investigation of Thursday’s explosion in in Zamboanga City, Philippines.
Zamboanga blast killed and wounded people–A woman was killed while 10 others were injured when an improvised bomb exploded inside a karaoke and massage bar.
On Thursday,around 10 in the evening Zamboanga City blast happened in the city’s downtown. The woman killed was identified by the police as Geraldine Miguel,21,of Barangay Canelar, a cashier at Manly Massage.
The wounded victims, mostly female attendants, were identified as Marina Anamog, Elizabeth Alarcon, Stephanie Marpel, Cheska Mendoza, Teresita delos Santos, Karen Alvarez, Nora Amancion, Nilo Gonzales, Alfredo Erojo and Nestor Alaban. Security forces and responders were deployed to bring the victims to Zamboanga City General Hospital.
According to police official Alexander Mabalot, Investigators sifted through debris on Friday searching for bomb fragments. It was not immediately clear if extremist groups were behind the explosion. “Our city is under constant threat from terrorist and criminal groups,” he added.
Zamboanga City blast happened many times, this year, among them, a car bomb explosion that killed one person and hurt 48 others in January. On Good Friday in April, 3 people were hurt in the city following an explosion in front a church in Barangay Ayala near a police station.
“Witnesses disclosed that a male patron reportedly left a bag in the first table of the bar and minutes later the explosion occurred”, Police Superintendent Felix Martinez, chief of police of the Criminal Investigation Detection Management (CIDM), said.
During the post-blast investigation, several components of the bomb, including ammonium nitrate, were recovered by the explosive ordinance and disposal (EOD) unit .Ammonium nitrate is commonly used as fertilizer in agricultural activities, but it is also often used by terrorist groups in assembling bombs.
Martinez said no suspect was arrested but investigation continues to name the bomber and the motive of the attack, they were looking at the angle if the attack was related with the previous Zamboanga City blast.IMAGE/cnnphilippines.com