2 killed, 34 injured in bombing at Philippine street festival

WION Web Team
Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines Published: Aug 28, 2018, 09:52 PM(IST)

File photo. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

At least two people was killed while over 30 others were injured in the southern Philippines in a bomb attack on Tuesday.

The blast took place at a local street festival in front of a restaurant on a highway in Isulan in Sultan Kudarat province.

An initial investigation revealed that a homemade bomb was planted under a motorcycle in the area.

There were no suspects or immediate claims of responsibility.

The province is on the Philippines' second-largest island, Mindanao, parts of which have been plagued by decades of Maoist and Islamist rebellions that have given rise to banditry and extremism. Mindanao remains under martial law until the end of the year.

The incident comes a month after 11 people were killed on the island of Basilan after a bomb was detonated in a van that was stopped at a military checkpoint.

Islamic State claimed responsibility, which the military disputes, suspecting that a local group was behind it, with the intended target civilians in an urban area.

(With inputs from Reuters)
 

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