8 hurt in Cotabato City bombing

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/ 31 December) – At least eight persons were wounded when an improvised explosive device went off outside South Seas Mall on Don Rufino Alonzo Street (formerly Magallanes Street) in Cotabato City at 1:59pm on Monday.

The wounded victims were identified as:

Bai Sandra Ayunan, 16, of Sagingan, Kalanganan, Cotabato City;

Kutin Sedik, 65, of Marquez MB, Poblacion, Cotabato City;

Hamida Solaiman, 21, of Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao;

Joey Api, 31, of Poblacion 2, Cotabato City;

Aida Dalandag, 58, of Poblacion 1, Cotabato City;

Marissa Torres, 49, Penafrancia RH11, Cotabato City;

Tarhata Biruar, 43, of Sagingan, Kalanganan, Cotabato City; and

Norlyn Biruar, 4.

Initial investigation said a man dropped a wrapped box which exploded a few seconds after. (Ferdinandh B. Cabrera/MindaNews)