Deadly Blast Hits Southern Philippine City

Deadly Blast Hits Southern Philippine City

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Powerful bomb explosion in Southern Philippine kills at least six people and wounds 29.

At least six people have been killed and 29 wounded in a powerful bomb blast in the centre of the southern Philippines city of Cotabato, police have said, Aljazeera reported.

The explosive device was placed in a vehicle - either a motorcycle or a van - parked near a hospital and a school, city police chief Senior Superintendent Rolen Balquin said on Monday.

"The explosion was on a very busy street," Balquin said.

The late-afternoon blast damaged at least four vehicles and triggered a fire that engulfed a nearby mortuary and a tyre repair shop, he added.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, and Balquin said the motive was still being investigated.

t was the second bombing to hit Mindanao in 10 days.

A powerful blast at a restaurant packed with doctors and pharmaceutical salesmen left eight people dead on the Mindanao city of Cagayan de Oro on July 26.



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