Five people wounded in bombing in southern Philippines
Five people were wounded when an improvised bomb exploded in a southern Philippine town, a regional military spokesman said Saturday, dpa reported.
The explosion occurred late Friday in front of a gymnasium in Maitum town in Sarangani province, 990 kilometres south of Manila, Major Randolph Cabangbang said.
The officer blamed a faction of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebel group that attacked towns and seized villages in August after the Supreme Court stopped the signing of a territorial agreement between the government and MILF.
"Basically, the rogue MILF rebels are our suspects," he said. "It [the bombing] is meant to ease the military pressure on them."
Government troops have been hunting down at least three MILF commanders involved in the August attacks.
Subsequent government-MILF clashes resulted in the killings of nearly 300 people and displacement of hundreds of thousands of civilians.
The 12,000-strong MILF has been fighting for an independent Islamic state in the southern Philippines since 1978. The group entered into peace negotiations with the government in 1997.