2 dead, at least 24 injured in Cotabato City blast
December 31, 2018 - Monday 4:12 PM by MindaNewsBLAST SCENE. The site of the blast in front of South Seas Mall in Cotabato City is littered with goods of vendors selling fruits, regulated firecrackers, and toys following the 2 p.m. blast Monday (December 31). (Photo courtesy of Gilmar Lao – OCD-ARMM)
COTABATO CITY (MindaNews) -- At least two persons were killed and 24 others injured, including a four-year old girl, when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off at around 1:59 p.m. outside the South Seas Mall along Magallanes St. on Monday, New Year’s Eve.
“This is not just another terroristic act but an act against humanity. I cannot fathom how such evil exists in this time of merry making of our fellow Cotabatenos,” Mayor Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi said in a statement posted on the city government’s Facebook page.
Police said initial investigation revealed that an unidentified man dropped a wrapped box seconds before the explosion.
Mayor Sayadi said it was “unimaginable” how some people can start the New Year “with an act of cruelty but no matter how you threaten us, the people of Cotabato City are resilient and we are stronger than how you think we are.”
“We will stand up against terrorism. We will fight against evil,” she vowed.
The mayor sent MindaNews a list of the dead and wounded in the New Year’s eve blast.
From her list, declared dead on arrival at the hospitals where they were brought were Jonathan Tasic Torribaino a resident of Upi in Maguindanao, and Mariam Ulama Cali. Torribaino was rushed to the Cotabato Regional Medical Center while Cali was rushed to the Cotabato Medical Specialist.
Rushed to four hospitals in the city – Cotabato Regional Medical Center, Maternity Hospital, Cotabato Medical Specialist and United Doctors Hospital were:
1. AMESTOSO, Krisha Max
2. ANDING, Nasrin
3. API, Joey, 31, of Poblacion 2
4. AYUNAN, Bai Sandra, 16, student, of Sagingan in Barangay Kalanganan
5. BIRUAR, Norlyn, 4
6. BIRUAR, Tarhata, 43, of Sagingan, Kalanganan
7. DALANDAG, Aida Dalandag, 58, of Poblacion 1
8. DIAZON, Karen
9. ESMAEL, Sarah Jane, 34, of Katuli, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao
10. KAHAR, Mohamidin
11. MADALI, Ryan
12. MANDITO, Abdul Manan
13. MANDITO, Mohalidin
14. MASKUBAN, Romel, 17, of Sultan Mastura, Maguindanao
15. MARSUBAN, Ibrahim, 25, of Sultan Mastura, Maguindanao
16. MOCADO, Alnair, 19, of Supermarket site
17. MOKADO, Aida
18. NATANO, Maylove, 32, of Don E Sero St.
19. ROMUHIDA, Samanodin
20. SAMPURNA, Naida, 16, o Supermarket site
21. SEDIK, Kutin, 65, of Marquez, Poblacion
22. SOLAIMAN, Hamida, 21, of Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao
23. TORRE, Denise Marie
24. TORRES, Marissa, 49, of Penafrancia, Rosary Heights 11
Investigations are still ongoing. (Ferdinandh B. Cabrera / MindaNews)
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