Three people have been killed and more than 20 seriously injured after an explosion at a hotel in Zamboanga in the Philippines. The explosion, believed to have been caused by a bomb, occurred while a wedding party was taking place.
The blast caused most of the hotel’s second floor to collapse, blew off the roof, shattered the windows of nearby buildings and sent a number of bodies flying into the street, according to witnesses.
Authorities say they believe a bomb was responsible, and it is reported that the same hotel allegedly suffered another bomb explosion in 2000 when suspected militants detonated a bomb they were trying to build in one of the rooms.
Zamboanga is a city with strong Christian roots, in a volatile part of the Philippines that has seen significant conflict between different religious groups in recent years.