August 06, 2013
COTABATO, Philippines – At least five people were killed when a powerful bomb exploded in the centre of the southern Philippines city of Cotabato on Monday (August 5th), AFP reported.
The explosive device was inside a vehicle near a school and a hospital, city police chief Senior Superintendent Rolen Balquin told local Catholic radio station DXMS. "The explosion was on a very busy street."
The late-afternoon blast damaged at least four vehicles and triggered a fire that engulfed two nearby buildings. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
It was the second bombing to hit Mindanao in ten days. The first, at a crowded restaurant in the city of Cagayan de Oro on July 26th, killed eight people.