Manila bus explosion caused by remote controlled bomb

17:20, January 26, 2011      

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A homemade remote-controlled bomb caused Tuesday's explosion of a passenger bus in the Philippine capital that left five people dead and 13 others injured, the local media reported.

National Security Adviser Cesar Garcia said that the blast was caused by 81mm mortar that is connected to a phone, the ABS CBN News Channel reported Wednesday.

Garcia said this kind of explosive device has been used by terrorist groups in the past. He added that although the group responsible of the blast has yet to be identified, they are not ruling out anything at this point.

Garcia said it's possible that the bus blast is a terrorist attack.

A passenger bus exploded around 1:50 p.m. on Tuesday in Makati city, the country's financial district. The explosion killed five people and injured 13 commuters.

Source: Xinhua

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