Dynamite blasts leave one hurt

ZAMBOANGA CITY: One person was wounded and four houses were destroyed in a series of dynamite explosions in a southern Philippine city yesterday, police said. 

Investigators were still determining what caused the dynamite to explode in the coastal village of Rio Hondo, 875km south of Manila. 

Four houses on stilts were destroyed in the explosions, said city police chief Senior Superintendent Mario Yanga. 

“The explosions started in a house selling dynamites used in illegal bomb fishing,” he said. 

“One person was wounded, while others were able to jump into the water. 

“Unfortunately, the other houses were also storing explosives, which were triggered by the fire that ensued from the initial blast,” he added. 

Last week, a fisherman was killed, while his wife and eight-month-old son were injured when dynamite he was preparing for fishing accidentally exploded in their house here. – dpa  

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