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Death toll in Cagayan de Oro blast rises to 2

October 11, 2012 8:59am
The death toll in a predawn explosion in Cagayan de Oro City Thursday rose to two after one of the victims died in a hospital.

City police chief Senior Superintendent Gerardo Rosales said they are still determining the motive behind the blast, radio dzBB's Glen Juego reported.

Rosales was quoted in the report as saying the fatalities were identified as Rudy Jote and Toto.

Army and PNP explosives experts prepare to detonate a second bag believed to contain a homemade bomb on a street outside the Maxandrea Hotel in Cagayan de Oro City on Thursday, after an explosion that killed two people ang hurt two others.. Gerry Gorit
Rosales earlier said one of the fatalities was killed on the spot.

He also initially identified the two injured policemen as PO1 Dexter Dano and PO1 Rogelio Calingasan.

A separate report on Radyo Mo Nationwide said "Toto" was rushed to a hospital but succumbed to his injuries after two hours.

Rosales said they are still trying to find leads on who left the improvised explosive device (IED) near a hotel in the city.

An initial investigation showed the incident occurred at 2 a.m., when the two policemen were verifying a tip that men were acting suspiciously near the hotel.

When the two policemen saw a small can, they summoned the bomb squad, but the can exploded, hurting the cops.

A local police report sent to GMA News Online said a second IED was safely detonated by authorities at about 8 a.m.

Based on footages from closed-circuit television camera, police said two possible suspects might be identified.

The second bomb was in a bag found lying on the street outside the hotel and consisted of a cellphone, five blasting caps, wires, battery and explosive material.

Police said the bomb could have been triggered by a cellular phone call.

Also recovered from the items is a SIM card, whose owner police said they will try trace.

On the other hand, Rosales said there is connection between this incident and the bombing Wednesday evening in Zamboanga Sibugay, and that it is not related to the new peace agreement between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front because  Cagayan de Oro is not an area affected by planned Bangsamoro Juridical Entity. — with a report from Gerry gorit /LBG, GMA News
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