Vintage bomb blast kills 1, injures 2 in S Philippines

08:45, July 21, 2011      

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One person was killed and two others were injured when a World War II bomb exploded in a village in this southern Philippine city shortly before noon Wednesday, police said.

The two wounded were undergoing treatment at a local hospital after the explosion of a vintage bomb in Mandug village, according to city police chief Sr. Supt. Rene Aspera.

In a separate interview, Supt. Jose Carumba, Davao regional police spokesperson, said initial investigation revealed the victims had unearthed the unexploded drop-bomb days ago at a vacant lot and decided to return to the area to check on it when it accidentally went off.

"The victims might have mistaken it for a war treasure and tried cutting it and caused the explosion," Carumba told Xinhua in a text message.

Local police recovered parts of the bomb as well as a chisel and a hammer, police officials said.

The city is one of the first areas in the Philippines attacked by the Japanese Imperial Army during the Second World War, and the myth of the supposed Yamashita treasure has caused a scramble for treasure hunting in the area, police said.

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