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2 hurt as IED explodes inside passenger van in Davao City

Breaking News • 20:57 PM Wed Nov 18, 2015
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Edwin O. Fernandez
The passenger van from Pikit, NOrth Cotabato where an IED exploded at 9:40 a.m. Nov. 18, 2015. (Photo by Vice Mayor Pulong Duterte)

DAVAO CITY - Two persons were hurt when a suspected imrpovised bomb went off inside a passenger van from North Cotabato Wednesday morning, police and Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Pulong Duterte said. No
one died from the explosion but 2 persons were hurt, including the van conductor, Duterte said. (Other reports say only one was injured).Duterte said the blast occurred at 9:40 a.m. at the rear portion of white Toyota D4D van. He did not identify the injured.Joey Sem Dalumpines, NDBC special correspondent in Davao City identified the wounded van conductor as Alberto Basanes of Pikit.Particularly, the explosion occurred at Ecoland 4000 Residences (at
the back of SM City Ecoland). The Police and TF Davao are
conducting thorough investigation and are intensifying the check points
inside the City and at its borders. Your local government is on top of
it. Mag-binantayon ug mag-amping ta kanunay! (Let's not lower our guard, let's be vigilant, he told Davaowenios.The van left Pikit, North Cotabato at 5:30 am and arrived at the terminal four hours later. After it unloaded passengers at Ecoland terminal, the driver and the conductor left the terminal and proceeded to take breakfast when the blast occurred. sand//fbcdn-photos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xft1/v/t1.0-0/p180x540/12274504_405080976357253_4873739477692108986_n.jpg?oh=0de4688e2aaa6cfb9c8d620a7771054candampoe=56AD3497andamp__gda__=1454743685_5c389fd9e74ffcbc9bf915423b4a4643 ( This car was hit by shrapnel from an IED that went off inside Toyota D4D passenger van) Chief Inspector Alfredo Santillana, Talomo Police Precinct commander, said Scene of the Crime
Operatives (SOCO) are still conducting post blast investigation.The blast also damaged two other vehicles parked nearby.

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