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MANILA — A bomb exploded on a bridge in Maguindanao late Wednesday (August 7) afternoon, the second explosion to hit the province on the same day and the fifth in Mindanao since July 26, police said.

The blast occurred on the Luntukan Bridge at the border of Datu Piangbang and Datu Salibo shortly after 5 p.m., the Maguindanao Police Office reported.

No one was reported injured in the blast. Maguindanao provincial police chief Senior Supt. Rodelio Jocson blamed the explosion on “armed, lawless groups.”

Col. Dickson Hermoso of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division said the explosion caused a minor damage to the bridge. “Based on the initial report I received, the bridge sustained damage but it is still passable,” he said.

Heavy rain in the area hampered the investigation, Jocson told GMA News.

It was the fifth explosion in Mindanao since the Cagayan de Oro blast last July 26 which claimed eight lives. Last Monday (August 6), a powerful explosion also killed eight persons in Cotabato City.

On Wednesday morning (August 8), seven soldiers were wounded in a roadside bomb attack in Maguindanao. It happened hours after an explosion wrecked the waiting area in front of a pawnshop in Midsayap town, North Cotabato.

In the wake of the blasts, policemen and soldiers in Maguindanao intensify their security operations. (GMA News)