25 Jan '11, 6pm

Terror alert in Philippines after bus bomb kills four

Terror alert in Philippines after bus bomb kills four

MANILA: A bomb on a packed bus in the Philippines' financial hub killed four people on Tuesday, sparking a warning from President Benigno Aquino that the country faced a raised terror threat. Authorities said it was too early to say who was behind the explosion as the bus travelled along one of Manila's busiest roads, but Aquino ordered security forces on alert. "We have asked the police and military and the intelligence services to review their threat assessment, with the end view of hardening all areas considered under threat," Aquino said in a nationally televised address. "So far the investigation is ongoing, but the mechanical and electrical causes are being ruled out for this explosion. There appears to be an explosive device... we are looking at the terrorist aspect of it." Metropolitan Manila police chief Director Nicanor Bartolome said the bomb appeared to have be...

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