Child dies, another wounded in explosion

ZAMBOANGA CITY – A three-year-old child was killed while another was wounded in an explosion in the province of Zamboanga del Sur, the police reported Tuesday.

The police reported the explosion happened at around 3:30 p.m. Monday at Purok 11, Barangay Poblacion, Dimataling, Zamboanga del Sur.

Identified fatality was John Javier Bonga. Wounded was Raymund Maghinay, also three years old.

PO1 Iresidel Osayan, the case investigator, said investigation showed that the two children were seen tinkering with a metallic object while playing beneath the house of their aunt, Genalyn Vallecer.

Osayan said Vallecer suddenly heard a loud explosion when one of the children hit the metallic object with a stone, killing Bonga instantly.

He said that Maghinay was rushed to the Margosatubig Regional Hospital for treatment.

Vallecer was making a bamboo stick about 10 meters away from the children at the time of the explosion.

“The said explosive device was allegedly discovered by the children somewhere near the house and played with it,” the Dimataling police reported on Tuesday.

Osayan said they recovered at the explosion site three pieces of deformed aluminum metallic sheet.

“We are still at the laboratory to determine the type of the explosive,” Osayan said on Tuesday. Teofilo Garcia, Jr/PNA with reports from Ely