2 dead, 6 injured in twin Quiapo blasts, Second blast hits Quiapo; bomb squad member hurt



Two people were killed and 6 others injured in two explosions in Quiapo, Manila, on Saturday, May 6. The first blast happened along Norzagaray Street corner Elizondo Street in Santa Cruz, Manila, near the Manila Golden Mosque at 5:55 pm on Saturday, killing two people and hurting 4 others, police said. A second explosion happened near the first blast site, less than two hours later. ABS-CBN reported that a member each of the Explosives Ordinance Disposal and the Scene of the Crime Operatives teams, who were securing the first blast site, were hurt in the second explosion. National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Director Oscar Albayalde said in an interview on ANC Saturday night that in the first blast, the explosive was contained in a package that was intended for a "specific person" he did not identify. The two people who were killed were the person bearing the package and the caretaker who received it, he said. Those who were hurt in the first blast were people in the adjacent stalls, Albayalde said, adding that they only suffered "minor injuries" that required only 3 to be brought to the hospital. "There are no indications that this is a terrorist attack. The package was intended for a specific person," he said. When asked, he said that the proximity of the blast to the mosque was part of the investigation. EOD teams were deployed to secure the Islamic Center in Quiapo and investigate the cause of the blast.



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A member of the Manila police's bomb squad was hurt in a second explosion in Quiapo, Manila on Saturday night. The second explosion took place at past 8:30 p.m., right after National Capital Region Police Officer chief Director Oscar Albayalde briefed members of the media about the first explosion, which killed two persons and injured four others. Radio dzBB's Olan Bola said one member of the police's bomb squad was seen bleeding, near the blast site. Bola's initial report said Albayalde and other members of the media were unhurt.



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