The wounded were brought to a hospital in Leyte province following the explosion of what initially appeared to be a cellphone-detonated homemade bomb
Miembros del equipo de manejo de explosivos de la policía nacional filipina se detienen para recuperar un celular durante el análisis de la escena, tras detonar un paquete que se cree era una bomba casera en una papelera cerca de la embajada de Estados Unidos en Manila, Filipinas, el lunes 28 de noviembre de 2016. (AP Foto/Bullit Marquez), photo: AP/Bullit Marquez
28 of December 2016 17:45:20
MANILA, Philippines — An explosion wounded at least 23 people who were watching a boxing competition held as part of celebrations of an annual Roman Catholic festival in a central Philippine town, an army officer said.The wounded were brought to a hospital in Hilongos town in Leyte province following the explosion late Wednesday of what initially appeared to be a cellphone-detonated homemade bomb, regional army spokeswoman 1st Lt. Cherry Junia said.Nobody has claimed responsibility for the attack.Leyte province, about 610 kilometers (380 miles) southeast of Manila, lies in a region where communist guerrillas have a presence, but there was no immediate indication they were involved.Philippine forces also have been placed on alert amid on and off offensives against Muslim militants in the country's south.