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Published: Tuesday, 11/13/2007

Explosion outside Philippine House of Representatives kills 2, including lawmaker

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A van at one of the entrances to the Philippine House of Representatives in suburban Quezon City, north of Manila late Tuesday Nov. 13, 2007 as police and forensic officers work at the scene. A van at one of the entrances to the Philippine House of Representatives in suburban Quezon City, north of Manila late Tuesday Nov. 13, 2007 as police and forensic officers work at the scene.
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MANILA, Philippines - A bomb exploded at an entrance of the Philippine House of Representatives late Tuesday, killing a congressman and a driver.

Police and soldiers in the capital went on high alert after the explosion, which injured nine people.

The blast happened as the House ended its session shortly after 8 p.m., officials said.

"At this point in time I'm saying it's a bomb, but I can't say what type of bomb," National police chief Avelino Razon said.

A fireman hoses down a vehicle at one of the entrances to the Philippine House of Representatives in suburban Quezon City, north of Manila, after an explosion late Tuesday Nov. 13, 2007. A fireman hoses down a vehicle at one of the entrances to the Philippine House of Representatives in suburban Quezon City, north of Manila, after an explosion late Tuesday Nov. 13, 2007.
PERFECTO CAMERO / AP Enlarge

Political tensions are high in the country. President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is facing a third impeachment complaint in as many years. Muslim militants also have bombed targets in the capital in the past.

Rep. Wahab Akbar's chief of staff said the congressman died of wounds in a hospital, and Manila's police chief Geary Barias said a lawmaker's driver also was killed.




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