Manila apartment blast kills three

AFP-JIJI

Three people were killed in a mysterious explosion in a luxury apartment building in the Philippine capital, a government minister said Saturday, as officials lowered the death toll from the blast.

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said authorities are still trying to assess what triggered the blast but that initial an investigation found no evidence of a bomb.

“We still have not seen any triggering device of any kind among the debris,” Roxas told reporters hours after the explosion in a fifth-floor unit in the high-end condominium, while bomb-sniffing dogs had found no sign of explosives.

“We are not ruling out anything,” he told reporters just before touring the apartment.