MANILA — A powerful bomb ripped through the front of a hotel Wednesday in Manila's Makati banking district, injuring at least 10 bystanders. It was the second explosion in the capital in three days.
Police officials said they feared that the bombing of the hotel, the Manila Garden, which caters to American and Japanese businessmen, might signal the beginning of another round of urban terrorism by extremists on the political left and right.
Investigators said they had no leads to the identity of the bombers, and no group came forth to claim responsibility.
The investigators said the bomb was a homemade device. One said the bombers' intent was to send "a message," and like most of the bombings that have plagued Manila this year, it was designed to cause a minimum number of injuries.
The Manila Garden is one of the most popular hotels among foreign businessmen. According to tourism figures put out by the government only a few hours before the bombing, the hotel registered the highest occupancy rate of Manila's 12 leading hotels in the first nine months of 1987. No foreigners were among those injured Wednesday.