Cotabato Philippines Bomb Blast 8 Dead — Death toll rises to 8 Police report said, including a police officer died overnight following the Monday bomb blast in Cotabato City, Philippines.
At least 30 others were wounded in the attack. The slain policeman was identified as a certain Senior Police Officer 4 Malambuay of the Police Regional Office-ARMM.
Philippine’s President Benigno Aquino vowed to find and arrest those behind a powerful bomb that hit Cotabato City as the death toll rose to eight on Tuesday.
He said investigators had “suspects (who) have been the object of our concern for a very long time,” although he did not identify them AFP reported.
Aquino also said the blast may be linked to groups opposed to the government’s continuing peace talks with Muslim rebels.
Government officials said they were looking at the possibility that the deadly attack was aimed at a convoy carrying a sister of Cotabato City mayor Japal Guiani.
“Our initial investigation is leading to that conclusion,” the police chief told AFP.
The explosion also came barely three weeks after a similar explosion rocked Cagayan de Oro City on July 26, killing eight persons and injuring almost four dozen others, in an incident which Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas described as an “act of terrorism.”
According to local news report, Cagayan De Oro City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno announced the city government is offering P2-million reward to any individual or groups who can provide vital information leading to the arrest of perpetrator/s of the bombing incident on July 26 at Rosario Arcade in Limketkai Center here.