Bus blast in S Philippines condemned

21:26, October 21, 2010      

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The Philippine presidential palace on Thursday condemned the bomb blast in North Cotabato, south Philippines, and extended its condolences to the families of the casualties.

"We will be undertaking steps to solve these incidents and to further harden targeted areas," Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said when asked about the Cotabato blast and the Philippine Security Exchange bomb threat that briefly halted trading on Thursday.

In an ambush interview, Aquino extended his condolences to the families of those who were killed in the minibus bombing incident in North Cotabato Thursday morning.

The President said "extra attention" would be given to certain "areas" to protect them from such threats.

He said hardening the possible terrorist target is an "ongoing campaign."

An explosion happened inside a deluxe passenger bus which was traveling toward Tacurong City at a spot in North Cotabato shortly before 10 a.m.. At least nine people were killed and 9 others wounded, according to a police statement.

Also on Thursday morning, the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) temporarily suspended trading during its mid morning session owing to a bomb threat. But police and private security agents found no explosive device at the PSE building in the financial district of Makati, after nearly two-hour search.

Source: Xinhua


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