Bombing near Shrine Kills 1 in Philippines

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines, OCT. 20, 2002 ( At least one person died and 13 other people were injured when a bomb exploded outside a Catholic shrine in this southern city, Agence France-Presse and other agencies reported.

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Authorities said the blast struck the gate of Fort Pilar, an open-air religious shrine, in the second attack in Zamboanga in three days.

Southcom spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Danilo Lucero told press sources that the bomb was placed on a bicycle which was parked near the gate of the shrine. It exploded about 8 p.m. today.

On Thursday, seven people were killed and more than 100 others injured when bombs damaged two shopping malls.

Some 200 U.S. troops are based here on a humanitarian mission in Basilan, a stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf group linked to al-Qaida.

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