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Manila prelate calls for vigilance after twin explosions

Blasts kill two people, injure 6 in the Philippine capital

Published: May 08, 2017 05:38 AM GMT

Updated: May 08, 2017 07:59 AM GMT

Manila prelate calls for vigilance after twin explosions

Bomb squad operatives and a bomb disposal robot inspect a suspicious package left near the Quezon bridge, in Quiapo, Manila on May 7, 2017. Two explosions in the Philippine capital on May 6 killed at least two people and injured six others, police and witnesses said. (Photo: Noel Celis/AFP)

Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo of Manila urged the public to be vigilant and be on the lookout for "suspicious packages and people" following bomb explosions in Manila's Quiapo district on May 6.

The May 6 explosions several meters from a Catholic church and Muslim mosque in Manila's business district killed two people and injured six others.

A statement from the so-called Islamic State said "five Shi’ites have been killed and six others injured by detonating an explosive device by the Islamic State fighters in central Manila."

Police officials, however, downplayed the claim, saying the explosions were a result of a personal feud.

"These blasts are worrying because the lives of innocent people are endangered," said the prelate who also heads the Episcopal Commission on the Laity.

"The police should seriously monitor this and prevent [another incident]," said Bishop Pabillo.

 

 

 

 

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