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3 killed, 4 injured in explosion in Manila


11:50, June 01, 2013

MANILA, May 31 (Xinhua) -- Three people were killed and four others, including a foreigner, were injured on Friday night in a loud explosion in a posh apartment in Taguig City, Manila, Philippines, authorities said.

The blast happened at around 8:10 p.m. at Two Serendra, Global City, Fort Bonifacio, a shopping and residential area in Taguig City.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas confirmed, in a news briefing, the death of the three people on board a delivery van that was hit by a slab from Unit 501 of Two Serendra.

He withheld the identities of the victims as their next of kin would be informed first.

Those injured were rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment, he said.

Roxas asked the public not to speculate as to the cause of the explosion since investigation has been ongoing.

"This could be an accident, the explosion could be from a chemical, it could be anything," he said.

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III went to the explosion site and ordered all concerned agencies to help in the investigation.

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