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Twin bombs explode outside Philippine mall

Two bombs exploded in front of a mall in the southern Philippines on Friday, injuring three people, a day after a pair of deadly blasts in the region, officials said. Two 60 mm mortar rounds with timing devices were attached to the exhaust pipes of two cars parked in front of Koronadal Commercial Center mall. Police Supt. Romeo Rufino, the South Cotabato provincial police chief, said Koronadal city police received an anonymous call claiming a bomb would explode in “a few minutes.” He said police were deployed around the city, including inside and outside the mall, but they failed to find the explosives. The explosions came 30 minutes after the call. The mall was immediately closed as people ran away in panic. Police ordered drivers of cars parked adjacent to the bombed vehicles not to leave so their cars could be inspected. The owners of the two bombed cars identified themselves to the police, claiming they were not involved. The injured included a 32-year-old woman, a bus conductor and another man who police said they suspected was the bomber. One of the man’s arms was blown off. Full Story

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