Philippines on heightened alert after restaurant blast
MANILA (AFP) - The Philippines ordered troops and police on heightened alert on Sunday after a restaurant attack killed six in its restive southern region, but said there were no clues yet to the culprits.
Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said investigators were reconstructing the bomb site to gather more clues on Friday night's attack in Cagayan de Oro, a relatively peaceful city in Mindanao island, where various rebel groups and armed gangs operate.
"We are doing everything (to determine the suspects). We have placed the police in Mindanao, the intelligence community and the army on heightened alert to prevent a similar attack," Mr Roxas said over DZBB radio.
Investigators have yet to determine the explosive used in the attack, which hit a bistro packed with at least 100 people. Most were doctors and pharmaceutical representatives who had just attended a national convention at a nearby hotel.