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Thirteen dead in bomb blast in southern Philippines

Thirteen people were killed and 26 others wounded Saturday when two bombs, suspected to have been planted by a Muslim gang, exploded simultaneously in the southern Philippine city of Koronadal, officials said. The bombs, consisting of 81 millimeter mortar rounds and a timing device, were detonated in front of the public market, creating carnage. Hospital officials said the death toll could go higher as many of the wounded were in critical condition. Provincial Governor Daisy Fuentes quoted a police report as saying the bombs were inside bags being carried by two men who were about to board a motorcycle sidecar when the devices went off. A few hours later, an improvised bomb with a timer, attached to a liquefied gas cylinder, was found planted near the city fire department, local army commander Colonel Agustin Dima-ala said. The bomb squad detonated this device safely. Full Story

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