MANILA (dpa) – Security was stepped up in the southern Philippines Saturday after a suspected car bomb killed two people and wounded 54, authorities said.
The blast occurred Friday outside a bus terminal and a karaoke bar in Zamboanga City, 875 kilometres south of Manila.
Chief Superintendent Agrimero Cruz Junior, a regional police director, said he had ordered more random checkpoints and deployed more officers on patrol.
Zamboanga City Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco said she suspects that the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf rebel group was behind the attack. She said the city jail has 52 high-risk inmates, mostly Abu Sayyaf militants, among the 1,500 prisoners.