Six wounded in bomb blast in southern Philippines
( dpa ) - A homemade bomb exploded in a bar near an army camp in the southern Philippines, wounding six people, police said Sunday.
The explosion occurred late Saturday in a karaoke bar in the village of Bus-bus on Jolo island, 1,000 kilometres south of Manila, according to Senior Superintendent Julasirim Kasim.
Kasim said the bar was located just a few meters from the main gate of the army headquarters in Bus-bus.
"We have six wounded individuals, including an air force personnel," he said, adding that all victims were declared out of danger after being treated in hospital.
Kasim said investigators were still determining the motive for the attack, but noted that the karaoke bar had been ordered closed before for violating local laws.
No group has claimed responsibility for the bombing, but Jolo island is a stronghold of al-Qaeda-linked Muslim Abu Sayyaf rebels who have in the past conducted bombings in the area.
The Philippine military has also been hunting down militants from the regional Jemaah Islamiyah group who are believed to be hiding on Jolo with the Abu Sayyaf.