MLANG, Philippines (AP) – A bomb exploded at the entrance of a town market packed with New Year’s Eve shoppers in the restive southern Philippines, killing four people and wounding at least 30 others, officials said.
Police said they have no immediate suspects in the second such attack in two months, but Muslim rebels opposed to a peace deal with the government have been blamed for similar bombings in the past.
Most of the victims were shoppers buying fruits and horns used for noise-making to greet the new year, said police chief Joan Resurreccion of Mlang township in North Cotabato province.
Last month, a bomb blast at a billiard hall in the same town killed three people.
“This is not a happy new year for us people in Mlang,” said Mayor Joselito Pinol.