British man injured in Philippine bomb blast: police

6th August 2010, Comments 0 comments

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.

© 2010 AFP

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