Arsonist sets bus on fire, 3 passengers perish and 4 others hurtJune 4, 2021
NORTH COTABATO – Three passengers perished when an unidentified arsonist set on fire a bus using gasoline while motoring through Mlang town at about 4:00 p.m. Thursday.
Initial reports from the local government unit of Mlang and the municipal police said one of the passengers of a unit of the Yellow Bus Company poured gasoline on the floor of the vehicle. The suspect lit the fuel with a disposable lighter and jumped out through its half-open hydraulic door.
Responders rushed four other passengers, who suffered serious burns in different parts of their bodies, to a hospital.
A suspected extortionist bombed in January a unit of Yellow Bus Company in nearby Tulunan town, also in North Cotabato. One passenger had also perished in the bomb attack.
Mlang and Tulunan towns are near Maguindanao province. Local terrorists extort money from operators of public conveyances and commercial establishments.
The police have yet to establish the motive of the arsonist.
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