7 troops hurt in new Philippine bomb blast

2013-08-07 15:01
A building is seen on fire after a bomb explosion in Cotabato city, on the southern island of Mindanao. (File, AFP)

A building is seen on fire after a bomb explosion in Cotabato city, on the southern island of Mindanao. (File, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

kalahari.com

Cotabato - Two roadside bombs exploded in the southern Philippines on Wednesday, one of which wounded seven soldiers, police said, in the latest attack to hit the restive region.

The bombs came just two days after a powerful blast killed eight people in the mixed Muslim-Christian city of Cotabato on Monday.

"The soldiers had just left their detachment when they were hit by a roadside bomb," Senior Superintendent Rodelio Jocson, a local police chief said.

"They sustained minor injuries and were taken to a hospital," he said.

He said the bomb was planted along the road in the remote town of Shariff Saydona Mustapha, a mostly Muslim-populated area on the southern island of Mindanao.

Hours earlier, just before dawn, another bomb exploded in the town of Midsayap, also in Mindanao, although no one was injured.

Regional military spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Dickson Hermoso said it was too early to speculate whether Wednesday's bombs were linked.

However the latest incidents happened just less than 45km from the major trading town of Cotabato, where Monday's bomb attack occurred.

Police have said the Cotabato bomb attack may have been linked to local politics apparently targeting the sister of the city mayor, who was among the wounded.

President Benigno Aquino, however, said on Tuesday that the attack may have been carried out by groups opposed to his government's peace talks with Mindanao's main rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (Milf).

On 26 July, another bomb also went off at a bistro in the Mindanao port city of Cagayan de Oro, leaving six dead and many injured.

The rash of bombings came a month after the United States, Australia and Canada warned its diplomatic staff against travelling to Cotabato and two other southern cities on Mindanao - Zamboanga and Davao - over fresh threats of terrorism.

The nature of the threat was not specified but related to "terrorist and insurgent activities", the US embassy had said.

Read more on:    milf  |  benigno aquino iii  |  philippines
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Music

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Up to 40% off fashion accessories

Save up to 40% on selected handbags, purses, watches, jewellery and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R2000 on top electronics

Get every day mind bowing savings on top electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

As seen on TV - New book releases at only R199 each

Get mind blowing book savings on new titles. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to 50% on Women’s month treats!

Celebrate the awesome women in your life with awesome treats like beauty products, fashion accessories, bestselling books, electronics and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 60% off - clearance sale!

Save up to 60% on appliances, books, electronics, toys, movies and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

The spotlight may be on you and you need to perform. This can be overwhelming and you need to stay as focussed and centred as you...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.