An improvised explosive device made from 81 mm mortar ammunition exploded at Lim Ket Kai Arcade in Cagayan de Oro at around 11:30 on the evening of July 26, 2013. The bomb claimed the lives of 6 persons and injured 40 others. The victims were outside the Kyla’s Bistro and Candy establishments where tables and chairs were set to accommodate night customers. Friday and Saturday evenings are usually busy business days for said establishments, and live band plays to entertain customers.
Some of the victims were instantaneously killed by the bomb. Others died on arrival at the hospitals and still many others are brought to the different hospitals in Cagayan de Oro City.
One of the fatalities is Roldan Lagbas, a board member of the first district of Misamis Oriental. The others are identified as Anthony Cañete of Iligan City; Ryan Estose of Mega Heights , Gusa, Cagayan de Oro; Emmanuel Palafox of Zamboanga City; Dr. Emmanuel Malanay and Antonio Paredes, a medical sales representative from Macasandig, Cagayan de Oro City.
The victims are composed of local residents and visitors to the city who went to those establishments to unwind in the evening there. Some of them came from other parts of the Philippines to attend the16th mid-year national convention for the Philippine College of Chest Physicians (PCCP) which is held at the Grand Caprice Hotel in Lim Ket Kai Center. This is the reason why many of the blast victims are health services professionals and medical sales representatives.
Local civil and police authorities urge the public not to make speculations about the identities of the suspects and the motive behind the attack while their investigation is still ongoing.
Following pictures are taken in the morning after the incident. Viewers are warned that some pictures contain gory details that they might consider gruesome.
|the site of the bomb explosion|
|water from a hose to clean the scenes creates a pool of blood|