Philippines: Football player, cousin killed in IED blast in Masbate


A football player and his cousin were killed, while the latter’s son was wounded after an improvised explosive device allegedly planted by New People’s Army rebels went off Sunday morning in Masbate City, the military said.

The blast resulted in the death of Kieth Absalon, 21, who plays for the Malaya Football Club and the Far Eastern University football team, and his uncle Nolven Absalon, 40, according to Maj. Ma. Luisa Calubaquib, spokesperson of the Bicol Regional Police.

The bomb exploded after the victims accidentally ran into it while biking in Purok 4, Barangay Anas at around 6:45 a.m., Calubaquib said.

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Source: ABS CBN News