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Philippines Rocked by Deadly Violence

A wave of violence has swept through the southern Philippines with at least 15 people killed in suspected Muslim militant actions. The Philippine military said Thursday heavily armed men opened fire on the farming village of Tubud on the southern island of Mindanao, torched dwellings and massacred as many as 14 people. Police Senior Supt. Marcelino Lipana said about 50 armed men burst into the village and ordered residents to assemble, then opened fire, Associated Press reports. Grenades and machine guns were reportedly also fired into dwellings. Government troops had been sent to secure the village in a remote mountainous area and pursue the assailants, military and police officials said. In a separate — but believed to be related — incident elsewhere in Mindanao, a bomb was detonated in a village marketplace, killing at least one person and injuring several others. The bomb — in the town of Kabacan in North Cotoba province — was thought to have gone off prematurely. Full Story

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