Restaurant blast in southern Philippines wounds at least 18

Restaurant blast in southern Philippines wounds at least 18
Security forces check identification at a checkpoint on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao in this January 20, 2019 file photo. (AFP)
Updated 03 April 2019

Restaurant blast in southern Philippines wounds at least 18

Restaurant blast in southern Philippines wounds at least 18
  • The southern Philippines is plagued by multiple armed groups ranging from communist insurgents to Daesh-aligned militants
  • Police cordoned off the area outside the shattered facade of the restaurant as a probe began into who was responsible

MANILA: A bomb blast outside a restaurant on Wednesday wounded at least 18 people, including children, in the insurgency-plagued southern Philippines, authorities said.
The explosion shattered a window at the front of the eatery, striking family members gathered for an event in the town of Isulan on Mindanao island, Mayor Marites Pallasigue said.
The southern Philippines is plagued by multiple armed groups ranging from communist insurgents to Daesh-aligned militants, which leave the area mired in poverty and violence.
Police cordoned off the area outside the shattered facade of the restaurant as a probe began into who was responsible.
“The bomb was placed at the back of the air conditioner,” said Pallasigue.
“Most the victims are related to each other,” she added.
Police confirmed the explosion, but no deaths have been reported.
On a neighboring island to the south of Mindanao, a Daesh-claimed attack in January on a cathedral during Sunday mass killed 21 and wounded about a hundred others.
The bombing cast a shadow over a vote less than a week earlier to give Muslims in the south of the Catholic majority Philippines greater resources and control over their affairs.
The explosion Wednesday in Isulan happened just a few meters from the site of a deadly blast which occurred last year and was believed to have been carried out by militants.