Wednesday, December 31, 2014

4 die, 30 hurt in North Cotabato bombing

From the Philippine News Agency (Dec 31): 4 die, 30 hurt in North Cotabato bombing
Mlang, North Cotabato: Unidentified men set off an improvised explosive device Wednesday afternoon during shopping rush for New Year in this town’s public market, leaving four shoppers killed and 30 others wounded, officials said.

The victims were on a shopping rush for New Year along fruit stands outside the Mlang public market when the blast occurred at 3:45 p.m., according to Barangay Poblacion Chairman Rafael Porras.

According to Porras most of the injured were rushed to Mlang Doctor’s Hospital and Mlang District Hospital. Other wounded victims were rushed to Kidapawan City.

Mayor Joselito Pinol condemned the bomb attack.

He also recalled local government employees to assist the wounded victims in the hospital. Private individuals who owned vehicles were asked to lend their vehicle to transport the victims to the hospital in Kidapawan City.

Senior Inspector Joan REsurreccion, Mlang police chief, said most of the victims sustained shrapnel injuries in various parts of the body.

Army and police bomb experts are still at the blast scene conducting post blast investigation.

No one has claimed responsibility, the second deadly IED attack in this town since Nov. 23 when three died and 20 others were hurt when a bomb exploded at a billiard hall near the town plaza.

Resurrecion said most of the 30 wounded were hit by shrapnel in lower extremities and feet.

Initial investigation showed the bomb was placed few meters from the entrance of the public market where people mill around buying circle-shaped fruits.

The Wednesday blast happened a day after police from the regional PNP headquarters arrested in M’lang a suspected bomber believed responsible for the Nov 23 bombing.

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