Death toll in Philippines blast rises to 2

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Manila, Sep 3 (IANS) The death toll in the powerful blast that rocked a southern Philippine town has risen to two, police said on Monday.

Provincial police chief Noel Kinazo of Sultan Kudarat province said a 15-year-old girl who was among the 15 people wounded in the blast died at the hospital on Monday morning, Xinhua news agency reported.

On Sunday night, an 18-year-old boy died at the scene when an improvised explosive device ripped through an internet cafe in Isulan, a town in Sultan Kudarat province on Mindanao, around 7.35 p.m. local time.

This is the second blast within a week. On Aug 28, a homemade bomb exploded in the town killing three and injuring more than 30 others.

Sunday’s explosion occurred some 500 meters from the site of the Aug 28 explosion, police said.

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No group has claimed responsibility for the two bombings.

The military pinned the blame for the attacks on the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), a spin-off of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) that forged a peace pact with the government.

The BIFF denied the accusations.



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