Philippine police confirmed on Saturday that military-grade explosives caused a powerful blast in an upscale Manila shopping mall and that they were reviewing security camera footage to look for suspects. The Glorietta mall blast at lunchtime on Friday killed nine people and wounded 120, although many of those wounded have been discharged after treatment.
A bomb explosion in an upscale shopping mall in the Philippine capital, Manila, on Friday killed eight people and wounded more than 100, police and local officials said. Police initially suspected the blast was caused by an exploding gas cylinder in a restaurant, but police sources later said they found traces of plastic explosives at the site.
Philippine troops shelled Muslim rebel positions and raked them with helicopter fire overnight on the southern island of Jolo after a day of intense fighting in which at least 58 people, including 26 troops, were killed. The fighting that broke out on Thursday morning is the heaviest in the volatile Philippine south for almost three years.
Fighting between government forces and Muslim rebels is spreading in the southern Philippines, shattering hopes for peace and threatening local support for a United States-backed campaign to flush out militants. Army commandos were on Tuesday fanning out into the jungles of Jolo island to hunt members of the Moro National Liberation Front.
Two armed men took over a bus in the Philippine capital Manila on Wednesday and were holding 31 nursery school children and two teachers hostage, apparently to highlight corruption in the country. The gunmen, believed to be armed with grenades, an Uzi submachine gun and a revolver, freed one child who was running a fever in a three-hour stand-off.
A typhoon swept into the central Philippines on Saturday, a day after it forced the government to hastily shelve a gathering of Asian leaders on a resort island south of the storm's projected path. Typhoon Utor is the second storm to batter the archipelago in as many weeks and brought gusts of up to 150kph and heavy rain to the island of Samar, about 600km south-east of Manila.