Bomb explodes at Zamboanga International Airport

Kills two, injured rises to 22

August 5, 2010

A possible suicide bomber exploded a bomb at the arrival area of Zamboanga International Airport around 6:15pm today killing one person and injuring twelve others, with two person in critical condition.

One of the injured was Gov. Sakur Tan of Sulu who believes the bomb might have been targeted at him. The identity of other victims are still being verified as of posting.

As of 9:30 pm, Zamboanga City mayor Celso Lobregat confirmed that one of the seriously injured victim died in the hospital while number of those injured in the blast climbed to 22 as of 10pm last night.

Mayor Lobregat said that initial investigations done by police operatives indicated that the victim who died instantly on the spot was the one who was carrying the explosive device. He added that members of the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) have recovered from the blast site an identification card believed to be that of the bearer of the explosive devise.

Philippine Airlines passengers were about to leave from the terminal building upon their arrival at 6:10pm when the bomb exploded. Authorities are still investigating what kind of explosives was used in the bombing.

The explosion occurred the night before the scheduled visit to the city of US Ambassador Harry Thomas which is now canceled due to security concerns.

Zamboanga International Airport is one of the most secured and militarized airport in the country.

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