Davao City: At least six people were killed and dozens injured in a bomb explosion inside a shopping centre in southern Philippines late Friday night, authorities said Saturday.
The dead included a provincial council member and five civilians, Xinhua reported. Twenty-eight others were wounded as an alleged improvised explosive went off at the Limketkai Mall in downtown Cagayan de Oro city in Mindanao`s Misamis Oriental province, according to Lieutenant Colonel Leo Bongosia, spokesperson for the Philippine Army`s 4th Infantry Division.
Graciano Mijares, city police chief, said provincial board member Roldan Lagbas and five others were killed as the powerful explosion ripped through Kyla`s Bistro, a posh restaurant at the mall.
Mijares said a task force would investigate the deadly blast.
"This was a big blow to the peace and order condition of this city. We condemned this incident to the highest degree," vice mayor Ian Acenas said, even as he described a horrific scene of blood and mangled bodies strewn about at the blast site.
The blast was the first of such incident in Cagayan de Oro, a city of more than 600,000 residents that is a regional corridor to the Muslim-dominated northern and western parts of Mindanao.
The incident came just over a week after a violent clash between rival Muslim clans in neighbouring Lanao province left at least a dozen people dead.