Four people were killed and 14 wounded in an explosion aboard a bus outside the EDSA entertainment complex in Manila’s financial district of Makati Jan. 25. In a nationally televised statement, President Benigno Aquino III said government agencies would not stop “until everyone involved in this heinous crime is accounted for.” No group has claimed responsibility, but Aquino said authorities suspect Abu Sayyaf, most militant wing of the Moro separatist movement in southern Mindanao region. (Philippine Star, Jan. 26; AP, Jan. 25) On Jan. 9, two suspected Abu Sayyaf militants were killed in a gun battle with government troops on the Mindanao region’s Basilan Island. (AP, Jan. 9)
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