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1 dead, 32 injured as bus explodes in Zamboanga

A commuter was killed and 32 others were injured after an improvised explosive device was set off inside a local passenger bus at the heart of Zamboanga City Friday afternoon.

Initial police reports reaching Camp Crame said the explosion occurred at 2:15 p.m.along the crossing of Tomas Claudio and Calixto Streets in Zamboanga City.

The lone fatality has not yet been identified.

The report said the explosive went off inside a Biel bus bearing plate number JBL 978 while passengers were disembarking shortly after arriving at the terminal near the market.

Reports said the homemade bomb was under a seat occupied by the victim.

The bus came from Barangay Labuan in Zamboanga City.

Police are still investigating the blast and do not discount militants who earlier this year set off a car bomb in Zamboanga City killing two people and wounding 50 others.

Chief Insp. Joel Tutuh, Zamboanga City police chief, said the IED could have come from suspected elements of the Abu Sayyaf Group. They are also looking at the angles of disgruntled employees or competitors of the bus company.

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