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Philippines doubts Abu Sayyaf bomb claims

Military officials in the Philippines have expressed doubts about claims that the Abu Sayyaf group was responsible for Tuesday’s bombing in the southern Philippines that killed around 20 people and injured more than 100. The claim was made to the local ABS-CBN network by a man who said Abu Sayyaf had set off the blast to help “destroy the economy of the country.” Col. Bonifacio Ramos, military commander on Basilan island — near Mindinao — said he was skeptical of the claims made by the man who identified himself as Hamsiraji Sali. Ramos said the man had tried to claim responsibility for several other bombings around Mindinao. “The guy is lying and he is just trying to ride on the propaganda,” Ramos said. Abu Sayyaf is believed to have links to the al Qaida network. Full Story

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