23 hurt as IED explodes in Hilongos, Leyte

Some 23 persons were hurt when an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded in Hilongos town, Leyte Wednesday night.

The explosion took place around 9:01 p.m. at Barangay Central Poblacion where an amateur boxing match during a town fiesta was being held, 8th Infantry Division public affairs office chief 1st Lt. Cherry Junia said.

Initial investigation show that the suspected IED was detonated using a cellphone, she said.

The victims were brought to Hilongos District Hospital for treatment, she added.

Authorities are still determining the motive behind the blast.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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