Blast Kills Eight in the Philippines

By Brian Shields

Fri Jul 26th, 2013 7:44pm America/Los_Angeles

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CAGAYAN DE ORO, Philippines — Philippine police say a homemade bomb has ripped through a row of upscale bars and restaurants in a southern city, killing six people and wounding 28 more.

Cagayan de Oro police chief Graciano Mijares said Saturday that the victims of the blast late Friday were mostly medical representatives and guests of a pharmaceutical company attending a medical conference in one of the restaurants.

He says an investigation is continuing to determine the motive for the attack.

Cagayan de Oro is a relatively peaceful port city in the southern Mindanao region where al-Qaida-linked militants, communist rebels and heavily armed crime gangs operate.

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