British man injured in Philippine bomb blast: police
A British man was injured when a bomb exploded in the southern Philippines, killing two people, police said Friday.
Charles McKerchar, 69, was among 24 people wounded when the bomb, hidden in a backpack, went off at the Zamboanga city airport on Thursday, the local police headquarters said in a statement.
No details were given about the extent of his injuries.
McKerchar is a longtime Zamboanga resident and husband of a local woman, local radio station RMN said.
A spokeswoman for the British embassy in Manila confirmed a British man was injured and taken to a local hospital, but would not give his name or any other details.
The explosion killed the man carrying the backpack and a bystander.
Military officials said they believed the man carrying the bomb did not know he had a deadly device in his backpack, and that it may have been triggered remotely.
A provincial governor who was wounded in the blast said he suspected his political opponents had been trying to kill him.
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