World Bulletin / News Desk
At least three people died and seven others were wounded Thursday when a bomb rocked an island province in the southern Philippines in what appeared to be an attack on a vice mayor's convoy.
DXNO Radio Komunidad reported that an improvised explosive device had exploded along the road in Sunrise Village, 15 meters away from a residence of Isabela City Mayor Cherry Santos-Akbar at around 1 p.m. (GMT0500), hitting a Toyota pick-up.
It added that the device went off as Vice Mayor Abdulbaki Ajibon's convoy passed by, killing three people including a driver and a security escort official and wounding several others.
Komunidad reporetd that the blast was so powerful that one of the vehicles was severely damaged.
Capt. Roy Trinidad is reported to have said that security forces immediately cordoned off the area while an explosive and ordnance disposal team conducted post-blast investigations.
Authorities said they are looking into extortion and assassination as motives for the attack. Classes in educational institutions in Isabela were temporary suspended as tension gripped the city in the attack's wake.
In 2012, Ajibon and the local Red Cross head suffered injuries when an improvised bomb rigged in a parked motorcycle went off as they were passing in the same area at midday.
Ajibon and Jonathan Cabuyao sustained slight injuries in the blast. According to reports, the motorcycle containing the bomb was parked near Santos-Akbar's house.
Basilan is one of the Abu Sayyaf's two strongholds in the south.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 01 Ekim 2015, 11:24