Four dead, 23 hurt in Philippine blasts: Police

Filipino residents view a damaged vehicle following an explosion in the town of Isabela, Basilan island, southern Philippines, on Oct 1, 2015, At least three were killed and 21 people were injured in a series of bombings in southern Philippines, poli
Filipino residents view a damaged vehicle following an explosion in the town of Isabela, Basilan island, southern Philippines, on Oct 1, 2015, At least three were killed and 21 people were injured in a series of bombings in southern Philippines, police said. A bomb exploded in the town of Isabela, Basilan island killing three security officers of a town mayor and wounding three more, while in the town of Polomolok, South Cotabato province,18 passengers were injured when an improvised explosive device exploded inside a bus, Police Senior Superintendent Jose Biones said, Scene Of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) and police bomb disposal unit personnel are still conducting post blast investigation in the blast sites.PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

MANILA (AFP) - A roadside bomb killed four people in a Filipino politician's convoy on Thursday (Oct 1), while a separate bus blast left a dozen injured in the country's strife-torn south, the authorities said.

The first explosion on Basilan island killed three bodyguards of local official Abdulbaki Ajibon and a fourth person, they said.

Eleven people aboard the two-vehicle convoy were also wounded but Mr Ajibon, the vice-mayor of Isabela city, was unhurt, Isabela police chief Superintendent Albert Larubis told reporters.

Investigators said the bomb was planted near the house of Isabela Mayor Cherrylyn Akbar, though it was unclear which of the two officials were targeted.

The blast destroyed the Ajibon convoy's backup pickup truck, Larubis added.

No group has claimed responsibility, though Basilan is a stronghold of the Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group, blamed for kidnappings of Westerners as well as deadly bombings.

A bomb also ripped through a bus near the farming town of Polomolok on the same day, some 300km from Isabela, police said.

Extortionists are suspected of being behind the attack that left 12 people wounded including a seven-year-old girl, said Senior Superintendent Jose Briones, the provincial police director.

Last month, one person was killed and 22 others were wounded in an explosion on another bus in the southern port city of Zamboanga.