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GMA News Research: A record of mall explosions in RP

October 19, 2007 4:13pm
Apart from the deadly blast that struck a Makati City mall on Friday, at least three explosions had earlier rocked shopping malls in the Philippines over the last seven years. All three had occurred during the summer months - two in May 2000, and a third in April 2002.

May 17, 2000: Thirteen people were injured in an explosion at Glorietta. Police said the blast originated from a comfort room of a restaurant and affected a nearby video game arcade. Two rival "hip-hop" gangs were seen fighting near the restaurant shortly before the blast occurred. (Sources: BusinessWorld, Manila Standard Today)

May 21, 2000: A homemade bomb exploded outside a cinema toilet in SM Megamall. A janitor was killed while at least 10 people were injured. (Sources: AsiaWeek, BBC)

April 21, 2002: An explosion at the FitMart department store in General Santos City killed 15 people. Abu Sayyaf claimed responsibility for the incident. (Sources: DND, PIA) - GMA News Research