Philippine blast update: Military bomb expert killed; two others wounded
MANILA, Philippines (AP) - A Philippine marine ordnance expert was killed and two others were wounded when one of several bombs they were trying to defuse around a house exploded on restive Jolo island in the country's south, a military commander said on Sunday.
An ordnance team was deployed on Saturday to a house of a village leader in Jolo's Panglima Estino in Sulu province where residents reported finding more than 10 bombs made from ammonium nitrate around the residence.
The marines had defused one bomb and were working on a second one, which suddenly exploded, marine Col. Jose Cenabre said.
The bombs may have been placed around the house like booby-traps due to a clan war involving the village leader, Cenabre said, adding Abu Sayyaf extremists, who are active in Sulu, apparently were not involved.