WORLD 1 killed, 22 injured in southern Philippines blast

WORLD

1 killed, 22 injured in southern Philippines blast

Xinhua

18:29, December 31, 2018

MANILA, Dec. 31 (Xinhua) -- One people was killed and 22 others wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded on Monday near an entrance of a mall in Cotabato City of the southern Philippines, police said.

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National Police investigators examine the site at the South Seas Mall following an explosion on New Year's Eve in Cotabato city, southern Philippines Monday, Dec. 31, 2018. (Photo: AP)

Philippine military and police authorities said the explosion happened around 1:59 p.m. local time in front of a major mall, as hundreds of shoppers were at the store for preparations of the New Year's Eve revelry.

Deadly bomb blast at Philippines shopping centre (Video source: AP)

The explosion, believed from an improvised explosive device, happened near the baggage counter outside the mall, Guerlie Frondoza, a staff of the Cotabato city government told Xinhua.

She said eight of the victims have been identified and bomb disposal units from local police were now at the spot.

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