A bomb exploded Sunday on a Philippines Airlines flight carrying 292 people, blowing a 2-foot hole beneath the passengers' feet and setting the ceiling on fire. One passenger was killed and six were injured.
Passengers put out the fire with their blankets, Japanese radio said.The Boeing 747, with 272 passengers and 20 crew aboard, made a safe emergency landing about an hour later at Naha airport on Okinawa in southern Japan. It had been on its way to Tokyo from Manila and Cebu in the Philippines.
Several hours after the explosion, a caller claiming to belong to Abu Sayyaf, a Muslim fundamentalist group responsible for numerous bombings and kidnap-pings in the southern Philippines, telephoned The Associated Press in Manila and claimed responsibility.
"We explode one plane from Cebu," the anonymous caller said. He said the group planned to target more airplanes.
Airline spokesman Angel Sambo in Manila said he could not comment on the claim.
Police identified the man killed as Haruki Ikegami, 24, of Japan, who had been working in the Philippines.