At least 2 hurt in Antipolo City explosion
MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – At least two people were hurt in an explosion in Antipolo City, Rizal, on Tuesday, July 31.
How it happened: Antipolo City police chief Superintendent Villaflor Banawagan told reporters in a phone interview that an explosive device planted at the side of the road went off in Sitio Calumpang, Barangay San Jose, hitting a tricycle with two passengers.
Banawagan said police have yet to identify the two victims of what he called a "roadside bombing," but noted that they sustained only minor injuries.
The Calabarzon police in a statement sent to reporters Tuesday afternoon that the tricycle was not the real target of the planted bomb but an army vehicle which was trying to overtake the tricycle.
Police earlier said the explosive device was thought to have been hurled from a car, but later clarified that the bomb was "planted."
The suspects: Calabarzon cops tagged members of the New People's Army, the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, as the suspects in the attack.
This would explain why cops could not immediately clear the area. In an earlier test message to Rappler, Calabarzon police director Chief Superintendent Edward Carranza said, "Baka meron[g] ambush na waiting (there might be an ambush waiting)."
Banawagan added that their explosives detectives ere still processing the debris from the scene to determine the specifications of the bomb. – Rappler.com