MANILA, Philippines (AP) - Police in the Philippines have defused a powerful bomb hidden inside a papaya fruit that attackers may have intended to detonate Sunday in a Roman Catholic cathedral.
A bomb fashioned from a mortar round and concealed in the fruit was found by scavengers in a vacant lot near the cathedral in Iligan city.
Police said Muslim extremists may have planned to bring it to the cathedral, which was packed with worshippers, but abandoned the
bomb nearby due to heavy police presence in the area.
On Thursday in Iligan, two nail-laden bombs exploded on the counters of two department stores packed with Christmas shoppers, killing two people and wounding 54 others.
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