5 killed, 29 wounded in Cotabato blast

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 5 Aug) – Five people died while 29 others were injured when a bomb exploded downtown here Monday afternoon.

The powerful explosion set on fire five cars, four motorcycles and seven buildings nearby along the busy Sinsuat Avenue, emitting smoke visible from afar.

Senior Supt. Rolen Balquin, city police chief, said the bomb used in the attack was placed in a car. But police could not yet identify the make of the car bomb as of press time because it was damaged beyond recognition.

Police said one angle they are exploring is an attack on lawyer Cynthia Guiani Sayadi, the city administrator. The explosion took place as her convoy was passing by, the bomb exploding right in front of her car although she suffered no injuries despite the damage on her vehicle.