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Be alert, Philippine Palace tells public after twin blasts

  • Yuji Vincent Gonzales

    Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN

Manila | Sun, May 7, 2017 | 05:08 pm
Be alert, Philippine Palace tells public after twin blasts A bomb squad operative and a bomb disposal robot inspect a suspicious package left near the Quezon bridge, in Quiapo, Manila on Sunday, May 7, 2017. Two explosions in the Philippine capital on Saturday night killed at least two people and injured four others, police and witnesses said. The blasts occurred in the same area in Quiapo, where there are big slums, within two and a half hours of each other, according to police and an AFP photographer who witnessed the second explosion. (AFP/Noel Celis)

Malacañang on Sunday urged the public to be vigilant following the twin explosions in Quiapo, Manila, Saturday evening, which killed two people and injured six others.

“We are saddened by the loss of lives brought by yesterday’s night explosions in Quiapo. We likewise wish for the immediate recovery of those who were wounded. While investigation is now ongoing, we ask the public to remain alert and immediately report to authorities any suspicious activity or movement,” presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a statement.

“Also, we urge our people to refrain from forwarding news from unverified sources that may cause undue alarm and panic,” Abella added.

Two explosion occurring less than three hours apart in Quiapo on Saturday evening — the first happened at the office of lawyer and Imamate Islamic Center president Nasser Abinal and killed two people and injured four others, while the second at Norzagaray and Elizondo Streets injured two police officers.

Police said the first explosion originated from a package delivered to the lawyer’s office. Authorities are still investigating the motive for the attack.

Last week, during the ASEAN summit in Manila, a “homemade pipe bomb” also exploded near the Tower Lodging House on Quezon Boulevard in Quiapo, injuring at least 14 people. Police have ruled out terrorism for the blast.

This article appeared on Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper website, which is a member of Asia News Network and a media partner of The Jakarta Post

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