Two dead, more than 20 hurt in Philippine blast

By Agence France-Presse
Sunday, November 27, 2011 13:47 EDT
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ZAMBOANGA, Philippines — At least two people were killed and more than 20 others wounded in an explosion in a small hotel in the troubled southern Philippines on Sunday, rescue workers said.

Philippine Red Cross personnel at the scene of the blast in the southern port city of Zamboanga said they had taken out at least two dead bodies and numerous severely injured people.

Police investigators searching through the wreckage said the blast appeared to be caused by a bomb, but would give no further details.

The explosion destroyed the two-storey Atilano Pension House and shattered glass windows of surrounding buildings, AFP journalists at the scene said.

The city of Zamboanga has been the target of frequent bomb attacks, often carried out by Islamic extremists from the surrounding areas or nearby islands.

In late-October, a bomb killed two people in a roadside eatery even as two other bombs were found and safely disposed of in Zamboanga City.

The lawless areas outside the city are haunts of various armed groups such as Muslim rebels, Al-Qaeda-linked extremists and extortion gangs that have used bombs in the past.

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