At least 32 people were injured when two bombs exploded while they were watching a boxing competition in Hilongos in Philippines Wednesday night as part of an annual Roman Catholic holiday festival, police and other officials said Thursday.
Sixteen of the wounded were admitted to various hospitals while 16 others went home after treatment of their injuries from the twin blasts, Senior Inspector Jenyzen Enciso told media.
Police recovered an 81 mm mortar cartridge and a cellphone apparently used to detonate the homemade bombs, Jenyzen Enciso added.
The victims included at least 10 children aged 7 to 15 years old.
Nobody has claimed the responsibility of the blast and investigation is under way.
“As of the moment, initial but unofficial news feed state that there were no (intelligence) reports of bomb threats, nor has anybody claimed responsibility for the bombing,” Philippines Presedential Spokesperson Ernosto Abella told media.
Police suggested the bombs may be linked to the law enforcement efforts. Recently, Police have cracked down drug cartel, auto theft groups and counterfeiting operations.