By Analou De Vera
Two people were killed while six others were injured, following a twin explosion in Islamic Center in Quiapo, Manila Saturday (May 6) night.
As of this writing, authorities are still determining the identities of the fatalities.
The wounded victims in the first blast were identified as Jaber Gulam and Datu Sohair Adapun; who were rushed at the Mary Chiles Hospital; while a certain Hajhi Ali was sent to UST Hospital. The fourth victim who is not yet identified reportedly sustained minor injuries.
Based on initial report, the incident happened around 5:55 p.m. along Norzagaray Street, just a few steps away from Barbosa Police Community Precinct.
A ready to wear clothing stall was damaged in the incident. The authorities immediately cordoned off the area, while MPD Chief Joel Napoleon Coronel and NCRPO Chief Oscar Albayalde immediately arrived at the blast site to conduct an investigation.
Authorities are still investigating the extent of the damage as well as determining if a grenade or an improvised explosive device was used in the incident.
Meanwhile, around 8:32 p.m., after Albayalde and Coronel gave an initial report regarding the incident, a second blast happened, causing panic to the members of the media as well as to the authorities.
The second explosion happened at the same site. Authorities were shouting to immediately vacate the area. The media and the lawmen immediately ran away, fearing that another blast might occured.
The onlookers who were also near the site were alarmed and sought safety away from the blast site.
Two policemen, one from the Explosive and Ordnance Division and one from Scene of the Crime Operatives were victims of the second blast.
Police have locked down the area to check if the area is cleared of any more explosives.
This incident is the second explosion in Quiapo, Manila, wherein the first explosion happened last April 28 that resulted to 13 people wounded.