1 dead, multiple people hurt as blast rocks Sultan Kudarat town anew

1 dead, multiple people hurt as blast rocks Sultan Kudarat town anew

COTABATO CITY (2nd Update) — An explosion rocked anew the Sultan Kudarat town of Isulan Sunday evening, killing one person, a report from the Police Regional Office 12 said.

Police Supt. Aldrin Gonzales. PRO-12 spokesperson, said the explosion took place around 7:28 p.m. in front of an Internet café in Barangay Kalawag 2.

Gonzales said at least eight victims, many of whom sustained leg injuries, were rushed to the Sultan Kudarat Provincial Hospital. He identified the fatality as 18-year old Jan Mark Palencia Lupa, a resident of the neighboring Bagumbayan town, Sultan Kudarat.

A report from the Isulan Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO), however, put the number of injured persons to 14 and at least one dead.

Police Scene of the Crime Operation investigators are now inspecting the blast site as of this posting, Gonzales added.

On August 28, three persons were killed while 36 others were injured when a bomb exploded at a line of second-hand clothing stalls in Barangay Kalawag while the town was celebrating its foundation anniversary and Hamungaya festival.

Activities related to founding anniversary were immediately canceled following the blast.

Police recently released a computerized cartographic sketch of a bomb suspect in connection with the Aug. 28 incident but have yet to make an arrest.

Sultan Kudarat Gov. Pax Mangudadatu has offered P1 million reward for any information leading to the arrest of the August 28 bombing suspects. Noel Punzalan and Edwin Fernandez/PNA-northboundasia.com