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Marketplace Blast Kills 9 in Philippines

Separatist rebels are blamed for a bomb that also injured dozens on a crowded street in a town in Mindanao. At least nine people were killed and dozens injured when a bomb ripped through a crowded market Saturday in the southern Philippine town of Koronadal, authorities said. The bomb, made from an 81-millimeter mortar shell, exploded in a busy shopping street, killing several victims instantly. Authorities said two suspected bombers, including one seen setting down a package containing the device, might have been among those killed. “We have witnesses saying the two men, whose heads were decapitated by the blast, could be the bombers,” said South Cotabato provincial Gov. Daisy Fuentes. “We are not saying they were suicide bombers, but the bomb may have been detonated accidentally.” The Philippine military blamed the attack on the rebel Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which is waging an increasingly bloody separatist war against the central government in Manila. A spokesman for the group denied the charge. Full Story

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