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Market Explosion in Southern Philippines Kills 3

Three people were killed and at least 29 others wounded when a powerful bomb ripped through a public market yesterday in the southern Philippine city of Koronadal. What appeared to be an improvised explosive device went off inside a crowded area of the used clothing section of the market, military spokesman Daniel Lucero said. Many of those injured were children, he said. Radio reports quoted witnesses as saying they saw a woman’s legs blown off and bodies strewn on the ground. One of those killed was an 11-year-old girl selling plastic bags. Adding to the chaos at the scene were rumours of unexploded bombs in the area. Police conducted an extensive search, using sniffer dogs. Police officer Felipe Natividad said residents had been bracing themselves for possible attacks today, which marks the start of week-long activities leading up to an annual city festival on July 18. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the blast, which occurred in a region where Muslim separatist guerillas operate. Full Story

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