October 20, 2007 @ 05:32 AM

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MANILA, Philippines - A powerful blast ripped through three floors of a shopping mall in the heart of Manila's financial district Friday, killing nine people and wounding more than 100, authorities said.

Police bomb investigators told President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo at a Cabinet security meeting covered live on local radio that they had detected the high explosive RDX at the site of the blast.

"It's a bomb, but as to what kind of bomb, we are still trying to determine," national police chief Avelino Razon told The Associated Press. "Likely it's a terrorist attack, but what terrorist group, we have no indicator."

Al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf militants have waged a yearslong bombing campaign in the southern Philippines in their aim to establish a separate state for the majority Muslims in the region. Abu Sayyaf and the Indonesia-based Jemaah Islamiyah network have also launched attacks in Manila.

National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales stopped short of directly blaming Abu Sayyaf, but noted that the group has aired appeals on the Internet for international support from jihadist groups.

"What is more ominous here is they may be planning a bigger attack," Gonzales said on local radio. "They will first show a sample. That means that while the bomb yesterday already was powerful, it is still just a sample."

Thirteen people were wounded when the same mall was bombed seven years ago, an attack officials said was the work of Muslim extremists.

The Friday afternoon explosion at the glitzy Glorietta 2 mall toppled roofs, destroyed walls, and sent debris crashing onto cars outside.

Before dawn Saturday Red Cross volunteers recovered the body of a man, the ninth fatality, who was buried under piles of rubble inside the mall. The Red Cross reported at least one more person remained missing.

Law enforcement, Red Cross and local government officials offered conflicting numbers of wounded, ranging from 113 to 129.

Arroyo said the military went on the highest alert after the explosion and deployed an additional 2,000 personnel to secure public areas "to prevent a similar occurrence."

Razon said he has ordered additional road check points and deployed more officers to secure malls, shopping centers, airports and seaports, and bus terminals.

Police Chief Inspector Raynold Rosero, deputy chief of the Philippine Bomb Data Center, said no bomb parts or fragments such as a detonating cord, switch or power source were immediately found in the area, which was damp, possibly because of broken pipes.

Officials said the blast, which appeared to have originated close to the mall's ground-level loading dock for delivery vehicles, ripped through three floors of the mall, covering shops and restaurants with dust, glass splinters and other debris.

Taxi driver Mario Em said he had just dropped off two female passengers at the mall when the blast hurled the two women against his vehicle, killing them instantly. He said he pulled one of the victims, who was pregnant, from underneath his car.

Mae Ann Sison said her sister, Angelica Cortez, was on an escalator going down from the second floor when the blast tossed her in the air.

"She landed on the escalator and her right foot got caught in the escalator chain and she was hit by glass shards from shops around her," Sison said.

People inside the mall ran toward the exits when the blast went off.

"One man who was in front of me was already dead. There was a child but we don't know where the child is now," said Dennis Inigo, who was shopping at the time of the explosion.

"The man's wife was with me a while ago, and her leg was shattered. Many people were falling on top of each other," he said. "It was loud, and then it became dusty."

Several months ago, authorities were alerted to an alleged terror plot to plant bombs in Manila's business districts of Makati and Ortigas, a government counterterrorism official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

In 2000, five bombs exploded nearly simultaneously around Manila, killing 20 people and wounding about 100. The attack was blamed on Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiyah.

In 2004, Abu Sayyaf militants blew up a passenger ferry in Manila Bay, killing 116 people in the country's worst terrorist attack. The following year, four people were killed and dozens wounded when a bomb exploded on a Makati bus and two southern cities.

October 20, 2007 @ 06:00 AM

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fuck not my homeland! thank god none of my family got hurt
but seriously. why target the philippines? we can barely do anything honestly.
we're a third world country and we get targeted for shit like this? ITS STUPID.
we dont even have large natural resources to be invaded, yet alone be terrorized. what are these stupid extreamist thinking? why target manila when a vast majority of filipino muslims live in mindanao? this shit is real stupid.

tang ina.
October 20, 2007 @ 06:07 AM

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its ridiculous... but they are targeting Manila because of the fact that it will hurt the non-muslims, the people they want to seperate from

the country has enough problems as it is
October 20, 2007 @ 10:12 AM


heard about this yesterday, shit is fucked up.

The president, her husband and butt munchers are a piece of shit and now this.
October 20, 2007 @ 11:06 AM

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that sucks if they bombed mall of asia. :[
October 20, 2007 @ 11:27 AM

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Wondering why this isn't being reported on CNN or BBC yet...
October 20, 2007 @ 12:13 PM

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Probably because they don't care about poor countries. Let a celebrity bring it up, and it'll be all over the place.

That sucks though, hopefully everyone makes a fast recovery, and my thoughts go out to those who lost loved ones.
October 20, 2007 @ 12:26 PM

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fuckin muslims always tryna kill people for no reason..
October 20, 2007 @ 02:58 PM

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and yea glorietta is a shit ass mall anywayz...!

its all about green hills in san juan
October 20, 2007 @ 03:06 PM

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I went to church in that mall..

October 20, 2007 @ 03:09 PM

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ano bayan
October 20, 2007 @ 03:32 PM

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fucking shame this had to happen

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