A homemade bomb exploded in a passenger van during a downpour yesterday in the southern Philippines, seriously wounding at least five people and damaging two other parked vans, police said.
The bomb, apparently detonated by cellphone, went off while the van was about to leave a passenger terminal in the farming township of Midsayap in North Cotabato Province, Midsayap police chief Superintendent Chino Mamburam said.
Police Inspector Lucas Dicay said at the scene that five were wounded, including children, with no fatalities.
Dicay said a man boarded the van, then left his backpack as he told passengers he was going to the toilet. The backpack exploded a few minutes later, Dicay said, citing witnesses.
Among the wounded were a mother and her two children. The mother’s feet may have to be amputated, Dr. Sanny Sandig said.
Army Colonel Pedro Soria said troops secured the area and an investigation was under way.