Philippines says bomb sparked by feud but IS claims attack

Philippines says bomb sparked by feud but IS claims attack

Six others were injured when two explosions rocked the office of the imam, Nasser Abinal, in the capital's busy Quiapo district on Saturday.

He was not at the office at the time. Police said four others were wounded.

Police are yet to give an answer to this explosion.

"This has nothing to do with terrorism. There is no indication that this was done by a terror group, local or foreign", he said. Rappler, a Philippine based online news portal quoted the police chief as saying that the proximity of the blast to the mosque was part of the investigation.

Police say four others were wounded.

Albayalde said this was just the IS custom of taking credit for any such incidents.

The extremists have carried out attacks in other countries on Shiite sites and events.

Nevertheless, Albayalde believes that the "targeting" of Abinal might be "work-related" or religion.

Manila Police District (MPD) Director Joel Coronel said the blast must be intended for a certain individual.

Many fear the crackdown, initiated by President Rodrigo Duterte since he came to power past year, could trigger social unrest in a country already gripped by terrorist attacks in the south. Reports said the bombing had targeted a Christian place of gathering. A second blast went off at 8:25 p.m.

They said one person had been arrested over that attack.

The NCRPO chief also said that Norzagaray Street is now placed on "lock down" and the entry and exit of vehicles in the area are strictly prohibited.

Albayalde added that there was no signs that the blasts were terrorist attacks.

A bomb disposal robot later established it was a false alarm.

A pipe bomb also exploded in Quiapo on April 28 while President Rodrigo Duterte's administration was hosting an annual ministerial meeting of The Association of Southeast Asian Nations in a convention centre a few kilometres (miles) away.

Grab Philippines issued a statement on Sunday confirming one of the two victims in the Quiapo twin blasts Saturday evening was a "GrabExpress" partner.

"We are saddened by the loss of lives brought by yesterday's night explosions in Quiapo. We pledge our full cupport and cooperation in the conduct of the their investigation", Grab said.

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