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UNCLAS MANILA 000705
DEPARTMENT FOR DS, SSO, EAP/PMBS, INR/EAP, S/CT
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PTER PREL ASEC PINS RP
SUBJECT: SITREP Ol: NEAR SIMULTANEOUS BOMBS ROCK THREE
¶1. (SBU) Three near simultaneous explosions rocked Manila
and two cities in the southern Philippines around 7:OO pm
local time February 14. Dozens of casualties are reported
but no firm figurcs are yet available. No Amcits are
reported injured or killed. Media reports link the Abu
Sayyaf Group, Jemmah Islamiyah, and the Moro Islamic
Liberation Front to the explosions.
¶2. (SBU) According to media sources an explosion occurred
in the Ecoland Bus Terminal in Davao around 6:3O pm.
According to initial media reports two were wounded in the
blast. A second explosion near the Gaisano Mall of a
mortar round in General Santos City killed at least three
and 32 injurcd.
¶3. (SBU) A bus bomb reportedly killed at least four and
wounded at least 40. The explosion occurred at the busy
intersection of EDSA and Ayala Avenue where many buses
trawl for passengers who congregate on the roadside. Two
other buses were reportedly damaged and witnesses on the
scene report a large explosion. Police report a fourth
bombing was thwarted in the Paranaque neighborhood of Metro
Manila. Media reports the Abu Sayyaf Group, Jemmah
Islamiyah, and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front as
¶4. (SBU) Embassy Manila is setting up its crisis center.
Consular Section is dispatching a warden message warning
Amcits to avoid public places in the coming days pending
further understanding of potential threats. We have
requested augmented security around the Chancery and
Seafront residential compounds. At this time Embassy has
no reports of injured or killed Amcits.