Bomb blast kills 1, wounds 8 in Zamboanga

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Thursday, October 27, 2011


ZAMBOANGA CITY (2nd update, 11:11 a.m.) — A bomb blast killed a construction worker and wounded eight others in this southern port city Wednesday evening.

Zamboanga City police chief Edwin de Ocampo said two other homemade bombs were safely defused in the city's Sangali village late Wednesday.

He said the explosion occurred near a small restaurant and police station and damaged nearby stores.

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No group has claimed responsibility for the blast.

Police Station 3 chief Elmer Acuña said the blast killed Lobeto Ibañez, 19, a construction worker and resident of Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte province.

Five of the eight wounded are Jaime Toribio, the eatery owner; Salem Asmakan, 35; Romeo Ibak, 45; Elbert Manlangit, 19; and Rizaldo Rebollos.

De Ocampo said the bomb exploded after Ibañez touched an abandoned plastic bag containing vegetables left under one of the tables at the eatery owned by Toribio.

Police said an unidentified person ordered Ibañez to bring the plastic bag to a pile of firewood outside of the eatery. The bag's content, which turned out to be a bomb, exploded as he was checking it.

The explosion occurred after bomb expert defused an improvised bomb left at a lotto betting station, located few meters away from the eatery.

By-passers found the plastic bag containing the bomb around 8:30 p.m., Singali village leader Pol Toribio said.

Few minutes after the explosion, explosives and ordnance personnel defused another bomb found in front of the village's health center.

Investigators said an undetermined amount of ammonium nitrate mixed with fuel oil was used as the explosive mixture in the bomb that went off at the eatery. One-inch concrete nails were also used as shrapnel.

The village of Sangali serves as one of the trading centers in this city's east coast as it is where the port of the Philippine Fisheries Development Authority is located.

A 100-megawatt power plant of the Western Mindanao Power Corporation is also located in the village. (With AP/Sunnex)

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