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Security beefed up in blast-hit Philippine city

Security was tightened in the southern Philippines after a deadly bomb blast broke an uneasy calm and raised fears of renewed violence in the embattled region, officials said. Philippine President Gloria Arroyo is to visit the southern city of Koronadal Friday to inspect damage from a bomb explosion in a public market that killed three people and injured at least 29 a day earlier. A man claiming to be a spokesman of an obscure Muslim outlaw group claimed responsibility for the bombing but authorities have shrugged it off as a ploy. Suspicion for the blast immediately fell on the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the country’s main Muslim separatist group which has been blamed for other deadly bomb blasts in majority-Christian cities in the southern Philippines in recent months. Full Story

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