Roxas rules out bomb as cause of explosion in San Juan

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Interior Secretary Mar Roxas on Saturday ruled out a bomb as the likely cause of the powerful explosion early Saturday in San Juan City that injured five people and damaged several stores and vehicles.

Roxas said initial police investigation found no indication that the blast on Wilson St., Greenhills, was caused by an improvised explosive device (IED).

“Based on the initial findings of a PNP (Philippine National Police) explosive and ordnance team, there were no secondary devices or crater in the blast site. They also did not find traces of any explosive substance,” he said.

Roxas said the blast may have been a gas explosion, but investigators were trying to determine if it came from a laundry shop or a neighboring seafood restaurant.

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Injured in the blast were security guard Benito Sino, taxi driver Gabriel Padilla, Alan Cabana Muriel, Julius Rasti Azusano, Jaime Arvin, Marlo Urdas and Reynaldo Padilla.

Roxas said some of the injured were brought to the San Juan Medical Center, not far from the blast site.

Wilson St. was closed for several hours while a police forensic team scoured the explosion site for clues.

ANTHONY VARGAS

 

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