Explosion rips through Philippine bus; 2 killed, 18 wounded

January 25, 2011 10:11

MANILA, Philippines — A powerful explosion ripped through a passenger bus in the Philippine capital on Tuesday, killing at least two people and wounding at least 18 others, officials said.

The explosion was so powerful that it punched a hole in a nearby concrete fence along metropolitan Manila's main highway in suburban Makati city, Mayor Junjun Binay said.

The bus was approaching a commuter railway station when the blast occurred inside the vehicle, taking out half of its front windshield, punching holes in windows and immediately killing a female passenger near the center of the explosion, Binay said.

He said the damage indicated that it was caused by a bomb.

He said one hospital reported two people dead and 18 wounded.

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