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Bomb on Philippine Ferry Injures 30


A bomb blast on board a ferry in the southern Philippines has injured 30 people.

Passengers were boarding the vessel at the port of Lamitan on Basilan island Sunday morning when the bomb exploded. The ferry was about to depart for the nearby city of Zamboanga.

The bomb went off near a row of liquefied petroleum gas tanks. Six people were badly burned and evacuated to hospitals.

Nobody has claimed responsibility for the blast, although the Muslim terrorist gang Abu Sayyaf has been active in the region of the Philippines.

The island's army commander, Brigadier General Raymundo Ferrer, called the blast a terrorist attack.

President Gloria Arroyo condemned the attack. Her spokesman, Ignacio Bunye, said in a statement that police are under strict instructions to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.

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