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Twin blasts kill 2, hurt 5 in Quiapo

Two persons were killed and five others were wounded during twin explosions  at a Muslim community in Quiapo, Manila  on Saturday.

Police said the first explosion took place at the vicinity of the Shia group office at Norzagaray Street corner Elizondo Street in Quiapo near the Golden Mosque  at about 5:30 p.m.

The second blast  occurred  some 50 meters away from the site of the first explosion at the Golden Mosque at about 8:30 p.m.  while National Capital Region Police Office chief Director Oscar Albayalde  was  providing briefing among policemen. 

The identities of the fatalities and the wounded victims along with their affiliation were not immediately known. 

BLAST SITE. Scene of the crime operatives look for tell-tale signs of  explosion that rocked Quaipo's Islamic community, killing two and wounding five others Saturday afternoon. Norman Cruz
One of those killed  was the supposed bomber.

As to the type of explosive device used, Albayalde said elements of the Explosive Ordnance are trying to determine the  presence of other explosive devices.

Minutes before the explosion, an unidentified motorcycle delivered a box intended for a certain Atty. Abinar at the vicinity of Golden Mosque.

While the box was being handed by the courier to the unidentified nephew of Atty. Abinar, the package exploded. 

The unidentified nephew and  a companion were wounded while the courier of the package containing the supposed explosive device died on the spot. 

The wounded victims were brought to the Mary Chiles Hospital in Sampaloc, Manila. 

Police investigators are still clueless  on the motive but reports said the incident could be attributed to the Sunni and Shia sectarian conflict since the  site of the blast is a Shia group office. 

Last week, at least 14 people were hurt in  an explosion in the Quiapo district as the Philippines hosted the 30th Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit. Authorities blamed to gang war between Muslim groups although  an alleged ISIS website  claimed responsibility for the bombing. 

Authorities belied the IS claim. 

Topics: twin explosions , Muslim community , Quiapo , Manila , explosive devices , Golden Mosque
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