Blast in Philippine village kills four people

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MANILA, Nov 8 (Reuters) A powerful explosion ripped through a residential village south of the Philippine capital Manila today, killing four people and wounding two, police said.

Fidel Posadas, police chief in Cavite province, said a large cache of dynamite stored in one of the houses in Bacoor town likely caused the blast but investigators were still trying to find out what set it off.

Illegal dynamite fishing still occurs in the Philippines and along the Cavite coastline.

Television images showed the blast reduced a two-storey concrete house to a pile of twisted steel and concrete slabs and five nearby houses were also damaged.

Witnesses said the explosion was felt almost a kilometre away, cutting power in the entire village and throwing bodies several metres.

Shards of glass and chunks of metal and concrete also flew several hundreds of metres from the blast scene.

REUTERS MS RN1646

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