2 dead, at least 30 hurt in Cotabato City mall blast

MANILA, Philippines - Two persons were killed while at least 30 we hurt when an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded at a mall in Cotabato City Monday afternoon, December 31 or a day before the New Year.

2 dead, at least 30 hurt in Cotabato City mall blast
A CCTV footage of Cotabato blast occured Monday afternoon was released online.

Reports said that the explosion happened at 1:59 p.m at the entrance of the South Seas mall along Magallanes street in Barangay Poblacion 5, near stalls selling firecrackers.

Police said that IED, made from nails and gunpowder, was wrapped in a box.

“Initial investigation revealed that one unidentified male person immediately dropped a wrapped box which a few seconds... exploded," the police report stated.

Here's the initial list of wounded victims (according to PNP):

1. Bai Sandra Ayunan, 16yo, student ,resident of Sagingan, Kalanganan, Cotabato
2. Kutin Sedik , 65yo, male, resident of Marquez MB Poblacion, Cotabato
3. Hamida Solaiman, 21yo, female
4. Joey Api, 31yo, male, resident of Poblacion 2, Cotabato
5. Aida Dalandag, 58yo, resident of Poblacion 1 Cotabato
6. Marissa Torres, 49yo, resident of Penafrancia, Cotabato
7. Tarhata Biruar, 43yo,female, Sagingan, Kalanganan, Cotabato
8. Norlyn Biruar, 4yo, female

In a statement shared on Facebook, Cotabato City Mayor Atty. Frances Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi's condemned the gruesome bombing that happened today and took a stand against terrorism.

"I strongly condemn the bombing incident that happened in front of South Seas Mall today, a day before the New Year, the took away several innocent lives and injured dozen others.

This is not just another terroristic act but an act against humanity. I cannot fathom how such evil exists in this time of merry making of our fellow Cotabatenios.

It is unimaginable how some people can start the New Year with an act of cruelty but no matter how you threaten us, the people of Cotabato City are resilient and we are stronger than how you think we are.

We will stand up against terrorism. We will fight against evil."

— The Summit Express

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