Death toll from bus blast rises to 10 in Philippines

By Xinhua

Manila : The death toll in Friday's bus bomb blast in the southern Philippines has risen to 10, local reports said on Saturday.

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    Mindanao island's on-line news website MindaNews reported that the fatalities included the bus driver, the conductor, a soldier who tried to move out the bomb and bystanders.

    The local Red Cross said earlier that they recorded a total of nine deaths with the conductor of the bus 1104 seriously injured.

    Most of the injured were rushed to hospitals which are not well-equipped, local GMA TV reported.

    The blast took place on Friday evening in Bansalan town of Davao del Sur province in the southern Mindanao island.

    Initial investigation showed a passenger left behind a bag that others feared containing a bomb. The home-made bomb exploded when the bag was being brought out of the bus.

    Another similar home-made bomb also exploded at a bus terminal in Cotabato City of the same province some 15 minutes after the Bansalan blast, but no one was reported injured.

    No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks so far. The police are still investigating whether anti-government militants or criminal groups were behind the bombing.