Bombs rock Mindanao Cities: General Santos, Cotabato, and, Kidapawan
Seven people are dead and another three dozen have been injured. Six died in General Santos City, while another two people have been injured in nearby Kidapawan City.
As I was writing this another explosion took place in Cotabato City. The Philippine National Police Chief says the blasts may have nothing to do with the ongoing ASEAN summit in Cebu City.
I have to agree – everything points to a two other items of note that took place. The first a major new leader of the ASG was killed – the second a new stage passed with a cease fire agreement that is just a few steps from a possible peace agreement signed today.
While the ASEAN summit takes the center of possible motives – it is but a sideshow for groups on the ground in Mindanao.
I will update this post as more details come in – but – all of the attacks coming 24 hours after a warning was issued the DFAT of Australia. The warning said a possible series of attacks was expected across the cities of the Southern Philippines.
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The possible suspects are seen in these wire copy reports. Repeated over and over on several hundred websites. The story is as seen below to most editors in London and or in New York or elsewhere. But, while the summit may be an incentive to some groups like Jemaah Islamiah and Al Qaeda.
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In all three bombs hit across mindanao cities Wendnesday night:
The first at 6:10 p.m., the improvised bomb was near Lotto ticket vendors stall in General Santos City, The area has seen numerous bombings in the past. Mostly it has been blamed on the Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiah which has menaced the market area before in the past, killing at least six people and injuring 20 others.
The next came hours after at 8:45 p.m., where another improvised bomb ripped through a police outpost in Kidapawan City, leaving two passers-by injured. But no fatalities were reported here in this attack.
A little after that at around 10:2o p.m., the third explosion killed a garbage collector and injured five others the blast rocked downtown Cotabato City, 170 kilometers away from General Santos.
Three attacks in three places – across and area about 200 kilometers apart within hours of each other. Most see a high risk for other areas in the hours and day ahead as groups like these tend to try to do the worst the possible times they can.