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Manila police HQ bombed, no injuries reported

Police are investigating after an early morning blast rocked a police headquarters in Manila on Tuesday.

india Updated: Jun 13, 2006 11:53 IST

Philippine police are investigatingafter an early morning blast took place at a police headquarters in Manila on Tuesday. This isthe fourth bombing in as many days in and around the capital.

No one was injured in the latest explosion which damaged a truck at Camp Bagong Diwa, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) headquarters in Taguig district, police said.

A little known group calling itself Taong Bayan at Kawal, or Masses and Soldiers, later claimed responsibility in a telephone call to local ABS-CBN television.

Initial reports said the bomb exploded beside a police vehicle that was parked near one of the NCRPO offices causing little damage and no injuries, police said.

NCRPO chief director Vidal Querol said security was tightened inside the camp after the explosion and an investigation had been launched.

He would not confirm media reports that Taong Bayan at Kawal was behind the bombing.

The group first surfaced last week when it claimed responsibility for the bombing of an office block in Manila's Makati financial centre and weekend bomb attacks on police stations in Manila and Quezon City.

Nobody was hurt in any of the four bombings calimed by Taong Bayan at Kawal, who said the attacks were carefully planned to avoid civilians being hurt.

The group denied any involvement in a pre-dawn market bombing in Lipa City that injured nine people on Sunday.

Philippine National Police spokesman superintendent Samuel Pagdiao said it was too early to draw any conclusions.

"We are taking the statement of the so-called Taong Bayan at Kawal claiming responsibility for the Quezon City and Manila incidents with prudent suspicion," he said in a statement.

"Some quarters may just be riding on these incidents to promote their own agenda. As far as we are concerned the group is non-existent."

He added: "the Lipa City incident is an altogether different situation that we are looking into against the backdrop of the earlier attempt on the life of the provincial governor of Batangas."

Philippines has been on heightened alert since last Friday as the country celebrated Independence Day.

First Published: Jun 13, 2006 11:53 IST