Boy in Cotabato church bombing dies


Death toll in Sunday’s explosion now 6

By Jeoffrey Maitem
Inquirer Mindanao
First Posted 11:29:00 07/07/2009

Filed Under: The Southern Campaign, Explosion, Mindanao peace process


KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato — The one-year-old boy seriously injured in Sunday’s bombing near the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Cotabato City died late Monday afternoon.

With the boy’s death, the death toll in the bombing reached six.

One-year-old Jeff Raven Sayre succumbed to lung injuries caused by metal fragments.

Sayre’s death was announced by Father Edwin de Gracia, parish priest of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral.

Presidential Assistant on Mindanao Affairs Secretary Jesus Dureza earlier visited Sayre in one of the hospitals in Cotabato City. During the visit, Dureza saw Sayre gasping for breath, supported by an oxygen tank.

“The boy needs complete medical attention. I hope he will make it,” said Dureza as he instructed the Department of Social Welfare and Development to give Sayre “special attention.”#


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