Arrests follow Philippines blast

Police have arrested several men in connection with a bomb attack on an airport in the southern Philippines which killed at least 18 people and injured 50, a presidential spokesman said.

President Gloria Arroyo was told by the national police that they had “several men in custody being interrogated for committing these murders,” her spokesman Ignacio Bunye said. He did not give details of the identities of those detained. The explosion ripped through a packed waiting area in Davao City airport on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao at around 1715 (0915 GMT) on Tuesday. “This is a brazen act of terrorism that will not go unpunished,” President Arroyo said, in a statement read on DZBB radio by Mr Bunye. An American is confirmed to be among the 18 who died, but the nationalities of the other victims have not yet been released. Full Story

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