Dynamite blast kills village chief, three others in Masbate

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 15) - A dynamite explosion killed the head of Barangay Pajo in Balud, Masbate and three others Tuesday afternoon.

Local police said the blast happened at the house of barangay chairperson Lina Recto.

The other fatalities were identified as Mac-Mac Dela Cruz, Ronelyn Bulala, and Aisa Sese.

Seven others were wounded, including two minors. They were all rushed to the Balud Municipal Hospital.

Authorities say dynamites are usually used in illegal fishing.

The Masbate Provincial Explosive Ordnance and Canine Unit and the Provincial Laboratory Crime Office are conducting an investigation.