MILF denies involvement in deadly bus blast in S. Philippines

10:06, October 22, 2010      

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The Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the largest group battling for self-rule in southern Mindanao, has vehemently denied involvement in the bombing of a passenger bus in southern Philippines on Thursday that left 10 people dead and 30 others wounded.

Vol al-Haq, spokesperson of the country's largest rebel group, said insinuation by some police officials that the MILF had a hand in the bombing of a Rural Transit bus in Matalam town, in Mindanao ' s North Cotabato province, was "baseless and unfounded."

A regional police official, Chief Superintendent Felicisimo Khu, downplayed assertions by the military that the attack could be the handiwork of extortion gangs, saying a terrorist group from the MILF's renegade units could be behind it due to the fact that the explosive used was fashioned from a mortar shell stuffed with shrapnels and using a cellular phone as a remote triggering device which authorities said was a "trademark technology" of the MILF.

"We don't have any reason to carry out such attack," Al-Haq told local radio, as he urged police authorities to intensify their investigation to identify the perpetrators.

He also belied Khu's allegations the attack was a means of revenge by the rebel group after one of its ranking members was arrested by police at the Davao International Airport here late last month.

The MILF has been fighting government troops for decades to establish a self-rule Muslim state in the south of the predominantly Catholic country. Peace talks between the government and the MILF remain stalled since August 2008, following the aborted signing of the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain.

However, efforts are being undertaken by both sides to revive the talks. A final peace deal with the government will touch the issues of autonomy and the civil settlement of the rebel group's 11,800-strong guerrilla fighters.

Source: Xinhua


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