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Deadly blast hits Philippine bus

GAZA-TSHISA NEWSROOM

Eleven killed after bomb explodes aboard a bus in Maramag town in the strife-torn Mindanao island, officials say.

Eleven people have been killed after a bomb exploded aboard a bus in the southern Philippines on Tuesday, a military spokesman has said.

The bus was travelling through the town of Maramag in the strife-torn island of Mindanao when the bomb went off, said Major Christian Uy.

At least 21 other people were also injured in the blast, the authorities said.

Many of the victims were high school students who had just boarded the bus as it passed a school in the largely-Christian town, said Lieutenant Norman Tagros, spokesman for a local infantry brigade.

The bomb went off almost immediately after the students got on, he said.

The bomb was apparently hidden in a sack that was placed in the vehicle’s overhead baggage rack, said Jiselle Longakit, the provincial police spokeswoman. The type of bomb…

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