7 injured in 2 Zambo bomb explosions

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/16 August) – Two bomb explosions rocked this city Thursday night, injuring seven people, including a two-year-old boy, officials said.

The first explosion took place around 9:20 p.m. aboard the passenger bus of the Rural Transit Management, Inc. (RTMI) and the second shortly before 11 p.m. outside a mosque.

Chief Insp. Elmer Acuña, Police Station 6 chief, said the explosion damaged the rear portion of the RTMI bus with body number 9224.

Acuña said the bus driven by Ramil Olivar had just arrived from Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur via Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay and was about 200 meters away from the bus terminal in Barangay Guiwan when the bomb exploded at the rear portion of the bus.

One of the seven victims was declared by the attending physicians to be in critical condition, Acuña disclosed.

He said the explosive ordnance demolition (EOD) personnel have yet to determine the components of the bomb, but added that they have recovered concrete nails used as the bomb’s shrapnel.

There was no casualty in the second explosion that took place outside a mosque at Suterville, Barangay San Jose Gusu, this city.

Senior Supt. Jose Bayani Gucela, operations chief of the Directorate for Integrated Police Operations (DIPO)-west, said the EOD personnel have yet to determine what type of bomb was used in the second explosion. (MindaNews)