Two dead, 30 injured in Philippine mall bombing

Two people died and nearly 30 were injured after a bomb was detonated near a mall entrance in the southern Philippines on Monday, The Associated Press reported.

Officials said that Muslim militants who have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State are suspected of carrying out the attack, according to the AP. The bomb exploded near an entrance at the South Seas mall in Cotabato.

Roughly 30 people were injured in the blast, which sent debris and glass flying. Two people died en route to the hospital, according to reports.


Authorities recovered another bomb nearby that did not explode, and the government imposed a lockdown on the city in response to the attack.

The bomb was reportedly similar to others used in the past by local militants with ties to the Islamic State.

Maj. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana told reporters that the country had recently launched an offensive against militants belonging to a group called Daulah Islamiyah and that Monday's bombing was likely retaliation.