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Manila Presses Rebels Over Bomb

The Philippine authorities are seeking murder charges against the leaders of a Muslim separatist group, following Tuesday’s bomb attack in Davao. The police have filed charges against 150 members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, or MILF, who have been fighting a long-running insurgency against the government. Twenty-one people died in the bomb attack at Davao airport, including 23-year-old Muntazer Sudang, whom the authorities say was a member of the MILF. But the group’s vice-chairman, Al Haj Murad, told the Associated Press news agency that the MILF was not responsible for the bomb attack. He said that even if Mr Sudang was amongst the dead, it did not mean he was the bomber. However President Gloria Arroyo’s spokesman, Ignacio Bunye, said the government was convinced the MILF was involved in the attack. Full Story

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