• Terrorist bombs heap 32 corpses since 2011

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    THE Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday said that at least 32 people have been killed in at least 10 bombings that have been recorded in Mindanao and Metro Manila since 2011.

    Data obtained PNP national headquarters in Camp Crame show that since January 2011, police have recorded nine bombing and explosion incidents in Mindanao and one bombing incident in Metro Manila.

    Of the nine bombing incidents in Mindanao, three of them occurred in major cities with Cagayan de Oro City being hit twice, the last of which occurred on July 26.

    Eight people were killed and 36 persons were wounded after an improvised explosive device went off inside a crowded resto-bar at the Lim Ket Kai complex in downtown area of the city.

    Cagayan de Oro City was last hit on October 10, 2012 where two people were killed after an explosion rocked the Maxandrea Hotel in downtown area of the city, a few blocks away from the Lim Ket Kai complex.

    Police data also showed that five persons were killed after an IED went off inside a Newman Goldliner Bus while cruising along EDSA near Buendia Avenue, in Makati City on January 25, 2011.

    This was followed by the bombing of the San Raymundo Village Primary School in Jolo, Sulu in which four people were killed on March 9, 2011.

    Three people were also killed in a bombing incident occurred on March 26, 2011 at Danlag, Cotabato. A twin blast in North Cotabato killed two people on June 26, 2011.

    The bombing of the Atilano Pension house in Zamboanga City on November 27, 2011 resulted in the death of three persons.

    Two people were also killed following the bombing of Cleopatra Commercial store on Jolo, Sulu on March 3, 2012.

    Three people were also killed following the bombing of the Rural Transit Bus Co. in Pobla­cion Village, Carmen, North Cotabato on April 10, 2012.

    Another two people were killed following the bombing of El Centro Bar, a popular night spot in Iligan City on May 5, 2012.

    Police said that most of these bombings were perpetrated by lawless elements that are demanding protection money from business and transport companies in Mindanao.

    ANTHONY VARGAS

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