Manila, Philippines – Two were reported killed and six were injured in two separate explosions that rocked Quiapo, Manila on Saturday evening. The first blast killed two people and injured four others, and the second one injured two police officers while they were examining the first incident.
The first explosion hit the office of the Shia Group on Norzagaray St. corner Elizondo St., near the Manila Golden Mosque at around 6 p.m., while the second one occurred around 8:32 p.m. near Quiapo’s Golden Mosque.
National Capital Region Police Chief Oscar Albayalde said in a media briefing that the first explosive was inside a small box delivered as a package. According to the reports, the person who delivered the package and the one who received it were both killed on which one of them was identified as Mohamad Bainga, Albayalde said.
The police officers injured in the second blast were Manila Police District (MPD) Chief Chemist Chief Inspector Elisa Reyes Arturo, who was rushed to the Manila Medical Center, and PO2 Aldrin Resos of the MPD K-9 Unit.
The police are still determining the motives behind the explosions, but Albayalde said there is no indication they are terrorist-related, or connected to the April 28 blast also in Quiapo that injured 14 people.
The Palace, moreover, has called on the public to refrain from spreading unverified information about the blasts. The April 28 blast has been attributed to a local feud while police are still investigating the blasts that happened Saturday night.
“While investigation is now ongoing, we ask the public to remain alert and immediately report to authorities any suspicious activity or movement,” the Palace said Sunday.
According to the Inquirer.net, authorities has ruled out terrorism as the motive for the blast that ripped through a peryahan, or a cluster of game stalls, and said that it was just the result of a neighborhood gang war.