1. Philippine blast wounds at least 23 people at boxing match

Philippine blast wounds at least 23 people at boxing match

An explosion wounded at least 23 people who were watching a boxing competition held as part of celebrations of an annual Roman Catholic festival in a central Philippine town, an army officer said.

By: | Published: December 29, 2016 3:57 AM
bomb-re-l Leyte province, about 610 kilometers southeast of Manila, lies in a region where communist guerrillas have a presence, but there was no immediate indication they were involved. (Representative image by Reuters)

An explosion wounded at least 23 people who were watching a boxing competition held as part of celebrations of an annual Roman Catholic festival in a central Philippine town, an army officer said.

The wounded were brought to a hospital in Hilongos town in Leyte province following the explosion late today of what initially appeared to be a cellphone-detonated homemade bomb, regional army spokeswoman 1st Lt. Cherry Junia said. Nobody has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Leyte province, about 610 kilometers southeast of Manila, lies in a region where communist guerrillas have a presence, but there was no immediate indication they were involved.

Philippine forces also have been placed on alert amid on and off offensives against Muslim militants in the country’s south.

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