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F.B.I. Joins Investigation of Bombing at Philippine Airport

F.B.I. agents have arrived in this southern Philippine city to help investigate the bombing at its international airport on March 4, which killed 21 people, including an American, as critics of the government cast doubt on the findings so far. Philippine investigators say a suicide bomber, identified as Muntazer Sudang, 23, died at the scene. They have rounded up other suspects, including his father and uncle, and charged many others, including more than 100 John Does. But the investigators have come under a chorus of criticism from some senators and opposition leaders. Even members of the prosecution team concede that there are problems with their case. The charges filed so far “do not have much of a leg to stand on,” said one official on the Philippine investigating team.The six F.B.I. agents and an unspecified number of Australian investigators arrived on Wednesday. “Their role is to assist,” said Ronald Post, a spokesman at the United States Embassy in Manila. “We want to help in any way.” William P. Hyde, a 59-year-old Baptist missionary from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was among those killed by the bomb, which ripped through a crowd in a shed that served as a waiting area at the international airport in Davao City. More than 150 people, including three other Americans, were injured. Full Story

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