9 injured in Iligan blast

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/21 January)– An improvised explosive device (IED) believed attached to a bicycle exploded at downtown Iligan City Monday morning, injuring nine persons, including a 10-year old wash-your-car boy, a police official said.

Supt. Ronnie Francis Cariaga, Philippine National Police-Northern Mindanao spokesperson, said the IED exploded near the M Lhuiller and Susana pawnshops located along Mercado Street at around 10:05 a.m.

The bomb exploded as people started coming in to buy goods at the nearby public market, he said.

Bomb experts have yet to determine the materials composing the explosive device, Cariaga said.

“There are witnesses who told police they saw a man parked the bicycle beside a car and hurriedly left,” he said.

The explosion shattered the glass door of M Lhuiller pawnshop and also blew the windshield and tires of the car, reports said.

“Our initial theory was that the explosive was command-detonated but it was not very powerful, based on the extent of the damage,” said Col. Ricardo Jalad, commanding officer of the Army 2nd Mechanized Brigade.

The blast victims were rushed to the Gregorio T. Lluch Memorial Hospital but were released later after minor treatment of their injuries.

They were identified as Mark Asilo, 27; Charlie Florida, 32; Rowena Ronda, 46; Raul Padilla, 48; Roel Asero, 33; H. Manan Rocayma, 28; Socorro Alquiza, 70 and a certain Erwin Bensal.

The 10-year old boy was identified as Ryan Disomimba Mohammad. (Froilan Gallardo/MindaNews)