Flights delayed by bomb blast

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 28 April, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 28 April, 1993, 12:00am

SECURITY inspections at Manila's two domestic airport terminals have been stepped-up following a bomb blast early yesterday morning.

Tourism Secretary Mr Vicente Carlos said the airport general manager had ordered more intensive baggage checks.

''The ruling has already been issued to intensify the checking,'' Mr Carlos said.

The homemade chemical bomb injured one person, a janitorial supervisor, and caused minor damage to the terminal building and luggage. Two people were treated for shock. Two other bombs were detonated by police.

The explosion occurred at about 4 am near a food stall in the departure area. Several domestic flights were delayed as police and sniffer dogs combed the site for evidence.

No group has claimed responsibility for the incident. A spokesman for Philippine Airlines, the sole user of the terminal, said the national carrier had received no prior warning.

''We suspect whoever did it just wanted to create trouble and that they had no intention but to scare people,'' Mr Carlos said.

He said X-ray machines which scanned the baggage earlier had recorded the serial numbers on the container with the explosives. Security officials were trying to match the numbers with passenger tickets.

Security at the two domestic terminal buildings is generally thought to be lax. Terminal One, where the bomb went off, processes flights to Cebu and Davao.

The domestic airport is located about two kilometres from the international terminal.

In February, 20 people were killed when a bomb exploded at Zamboanga airport in the southern Philippines. The military has blamed Muslim fundamentalists.