Date: 27 February 2004
Location: Manila Bay, Philippines
Type of event: terrorism
A bomb exploded on a ferry en route from Manila to Bacolod, Philippines, causing a fire. The bomb, a 4 kg of TNT planted inside a television, exploded shortly before 1:00 AM local time, about 2 hours into the voyage, while many passengers were sleeping. Of 900 people aboard, at least 118 were killed and 9 injured. The Abu Sayyaf group claimed responsibility; the group had previously demanded $1 million in protection money from the shipowners. The Philippine government initially attributed the fire to accidental causes. Two group members were arrested in March, and four others were later arrested. The government did not acknowledge a bombing as the source of the fire until November.
Consequences: 118 killed, 9 injured
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