More terror in Mindanao

An improvised bomb exploded outside a popular fast-food restaurant near a public square, killing at least two people and wounded eight others April 3 in Isabela township, Basilan Island, in the conflicted southern Philippine region of Mindanao. Although nobody has claimed responsibility, Basilan is a stronghold of Abu Sayyaf, a militant group which is on the US list of terrorist organizations. The group on April 2 freed a Filipino Red Cross worker after 10 weeks of captivity in the nearby island of Jolo, but continues to hold two other hostages— a Swiss and an Italian. (AP, April 3)

The Philippine National Police have also placed Central Mindanao on heightened alert following an explosion on a bus as it was entering the public terminal at Koronadal City. Five were wounded in the blast. (GMA News, Philippines, April 5)

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