Doctors attending convention among dead in Philippine restaurant blast
CAGAYAN DE ORO, PHILIPPINES (AFP) - Six people were killed and at least 48 wounded in the Philippines when a bomb struck a restaurant filled with doctors after a national convention, police said on Saturday.
Police said the improvised explosive device went off around midnight at a popular restaurant in the southern port city of Cagayan de Oro. Most of the victims were doctors and pharmaceutical salesmen who had just attended a national convention of lung-disease specialists at a nearby hotel, said the city police chief, Senior Superintendent Graciano Mijares.
"This is one of the busiest areas of Cagayan de Oro.... Somebody left a bomb on a chair at the bistro," he told reporters. He declined to speculate on the motive for the bombing, saying an investigation was under way.
Cagayan de Oro is located on the main southern island of Mindanao, which has been blighted by a decades-old rebellion by elements of the large Muslim minority in the mainly Catholic Asian nation.