World Bulletin / News Desk
Ten people are reported to have been killed and a further 20 wounded in an explosion in the southern Philippines.
The day after a blast struck a store in Cagayan De Oro City in northern Mindanao injuring four civilians including a six-year-old girl, an explosion rocked a fiesta celebration Wednesday night in Hilongos, Leyte
"Ten have been reported dead, 20 injured, according to [Social Welfare] Secretary Judy Taguiwalo," Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a statement.
Abella had earlier said that 27 people were reported injured in the blast.
Philippines news website Rappler reported a boxing event was in progress as part of the town’s fiesta celebration when something exploded nearby in the town plaza of Hilongos, Leyte, around 9 p.m. (1300GMT) on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, Rappler reported that a grenade was thrown towards the Jul-Zal Store in barangay Lumbia at 8 p.m.
"The suspect had two companions onboard the motorcycle. They were believed to have come from barangay Lumbia and were going towards the direction of Talakag when they momentarily parked in front of the store and threw the grenade," Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla said.
The latest blasts took place just few days after the Christmas Eve grenade outside a Catholic church during a mass in Midsayap town in North Cotabato province.
Security forces in the Philippines and other across Southeast Asia have been on alert in the past weeks, tightening security for the Christmas and New Year holiday season.
There was no claim of responsibility for either attack.