The Bomb in Manila
Blogger Disneycuteland has photographs taken from outside the shopping mall building in a Manila suburb hit by a bomb explosion.
As is evident from the picture below, the explosive had enough power for the shockwave to blow out or send objects through a wall of some thickness and push debris out the door. Note the potted plant unscathed in the shadow of the blast.
The next picture, which represents an exterior to left of the first (see the grey SUV for a reference point on both pictures) shows the effect on vehicles on the curb outside.
It was therefore a bomb of considerable size. Manila, like Islamabad, is rife with speculation on who might have done it. The natural suspect would be one of the Muslim insurgent groups. However, some opposition politicians are blaming elements in the Arroyo administration which has become very unpopular due to its corrupt practices. Who dunnit? I hope the the Philippines has asked for help from a third party, like Singapore, the US, Japan or Australia who can provide a credible analysis of the chemical signature of the blast. Otherwise the speculation will continue.