1 killed, 13 injured in Zambo airport blast

August 6, 2010 8:35 am 

MANILA, Aug. 5 —- A man was killed while 13 others were injured, one critically, after a suspected bomb went off at the Zamboanga International Airport Thursday night.

Zamboanga City Mayor Celso Lobregat confirmed that the explosion rocked the arrival area of the Zamboanga International Airport at about past 6 p.m. Thursday.

Lobregat, in a phonepatch interview over TV Patrol on Thursday night, said the explosion killed one person and injured 13 others.

Lobregat said that one of the injured is in critical condition.

All the victims were rushed to different hospitals.

The identity of the fatality and the injured victims were not available as of this posting.

According to the city mayor, US Ambassador Harry Thomas and Papal Nuncio Edward Joseph Adams are scheduled to visit the city for a series of activities.

He said he could assure the safety of Ambassador Thomas and the Papal Nuncio during their visit on Friday in Zamboanga City.

Lobregat declined to pinpoint any group that could be held responsible for the explosion.

”The authorities are conducting its investigation to determine who is responsible for the explosion,” Lobregat said.

The local chief executive of the city also refused to determine if the explosion was from a grenade hurled at the arrival area or if it was a bomb.

”The police are still investigating the incident to determine what caused the explosion,” the mayor said.(PNA)

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