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12:00 AM, November 14, 2007 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, November 14, 2007

Lawmaker dies in bomb blast at Philippine Congress

Philippine legislator Wahab Akbar was killed in a bomb attack at the House of Representatives Tuesday, raising the death toll to two with at least 10 injured, hospital staff and radio reports said.
"Congressman Akbar is gone, he is gone," one of his staff who took him to hospital said on DZMM radio. The death was confirmed by the hospital.
Local radio said a "huge explosion" took place in the south lobby of the chamber just after 8:00 pm (1200 GMT), following the end of a session of Congress. The blast sent bits of concrete flying across the parking lot.
"It looks like there were a number of people injured," congressman Joel Villanueva told local radio.
Radio reports said at least six people were taken away by ambulance from the sprawling complex north of Manila.
Police have yet to comment on the cause of the explosion.
A blast tore through a shopping mall in Manila's financial district last month, leaving 11 people dead and injuring over 100. Police initially thought a bomb was to blame, but later said the explosion was an industrial accident.

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