Basilan New Year’s eve blast kills 6

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Updated) – Six people died while six others, including two children, were wounded in an explosion that rocked Basilan province on New Year’s Eve, the police said Wednesday.

The Basilan Police Provincial Office reported that the incident took place around 10 p.m. Tuesday at Zone 6 in the village of Tumahubong, Sumisip municipality.

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Five of the six fatalities were identified as Rey Limbin, Elbert Gomoba, Kitarul Kaddik, Leniebel Cisneros, and Lourdes Ablong.

Three of the six wounded were identified as Rining Dingcong, Janice Dingcong, and Jesa Dingcong.

The police said the victims were initially treated at the headquarters of the Army’s 64th Infantry Battalion in Sumisip and later brought to the hospital.

Investigation showed the victims were attending a New Year’s eve party at the residence of Manuel Cisneros, a militiaman, when an improvised bomb exploded.

Investigation continues to unmask the suspects although the authorities are eyeing the possible involvement of the Abu Sayyaf bandits, the police said. (Bong Garcia)

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