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The BBC's John McLean in Manila
"Appears the bomb was not intended to kill a large number of people"
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The BBC's John McLean in Manila
"This is the fifth bomb attack in Manila in the past few weeks"
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Sunday, 4 June, 2000, 03:27 GMT 04:27 UK
Bomb hits Manila airport
Bomb scene at Manila airport
There was a lot of broken glass, but no injuries
There has been a bomb explosion at Manila international airport in the Philippines.

And in the southern Philippines a bomb ripped through a bus depot on the island of Mindanao, killing a man and injuring two others.

There were no immediate reports of casualties in the airport bomb, police said.

Two men who were seen speeding away from the terminal in a car were arrested.

The bomb was thrown at some public toilets, a little way from the main terminal building, blasting a crater in the pavement and spreading glass and other debris from walls and windows.

Deserted airport

"Definitely, it was not a grenade because there are no shrapnels," said Colonel Manny Pintado of the airport's Aviation Security Group.

Airport authorities said the area was nearly deserted at the time of the explosion, at 7.10 am (2310 GMT Saturday).

"It was thrown from outside, it was a lightning strike," Colonel Pintado said.

The bomb at the Super Five bus station in the town of Iligan went off before dawn, killing a 52-year old man.

"There was a deafening explosion and the bus terminal was enveloped by a thick smoke and there was commotion and shouting and crying," said an army sergeant at the scene.

Earlier this year the bus company had been targetted and some of its buses were burned by suspected Muslim separatist guerrillas.

Recent bombings

There have also been several recent bombings in Manila linked to an offensive by the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front in the southern Mindanao region.

The airport attack came hours after the bombing of the Catholic cathedral in the mainly Muslim southern island of Jolo.

Government negotiators there are attempting to win the release of 21 hostages held by Abu Sayyaf Muslim extremist guerrillas.

examining crater left by the bomb
The police examine damage at the Catholic Cathedral in Jolo

The Jolo parish priest, Romeo Saniel, denounced the bombing.

"Christians and Muslims in Jolo are living harmoniously but there are some people who are stirring animosities," he said.

He urged prayers for the release of the mostly foreign hostages, nine Malaysians, three Germans, two Filipinos, two Finns, two French, two South Africans and a Lebanese.

They were snatched from the Malaysian resort of Sipadan on 23 April.

Twenty-six Muslims were arrested last week and charged with involvement in bomb blasts at two Manila shopping centres that killed one person and injured at least 24 others.

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