Bomb blast kills nine in bus in southern Philippines

December 9, 2014 1:27 PM

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Manila (Reuters) - An explosion ripped through a commuter bus in the southern Philippines on Tuesday, killing nine people and wounding 17, security officials said, blaming the attack on a splinter group of Muslim rebels.

A 45-year conflict that killed more than 120,000 people and displaced 2 million ended in March, with a peace deal signed by the government and Islamic rebels belonging to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on the island of Mindanao.

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