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Bomb Blast Near South Philippine Cathedral Kills 5 [12 Hours Ago]
The Associated Press ^ | By JIM GOMEZ

Posted on 07/05/2009 4:56:43 PM PDT by Son House

Suspected Muslim guerrillas detonated a bomb near a Roman Catholic cathedral in the southern Philippines on Sunday, killing at least five people and wounding 46.

The bomb exploded outside the Immaculate Conception cathedral in Cotabato city as churchgoers were attending Mass. Two people were killed instantly in the attack and three others, including a militiaman, later died in hospitals, military officials said.

Among the wounded were six soldiers and militiamen who were in an army van that passed by the cathedral when the device, fashioned from a mortar round, exploded, Cotabato city Mayor Muslimin Sema said.

The improvised explosive, which was set off remotely by mobile phone, was hidden near a row of food stalls selling roasted pig, Maj. Gen. Alfredo Cayton said. Police arrested one man seen using a phone during the explosion. He was carrying three identification cards with different names, Sema said.

Cotabato city, about 545 miles (880 kilometers) south of Manila, has been hit previously by deadly bombings blamed on Muslim rebels and extortion gangs.

A bomb exploded at a Cotabato city bus terminal in February, wounding two people. A 2007 bomb blast at another terminal killed a child and wounded 36 people.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: blast; bomb; cathedral; cotabato; explosion; globaljihad; philippine; philippines; radicalislam; ropma
12 hours ago? Had not seen it anywhere in the main state media. 'Man Made Disasters' Must not be something state run media are airing
1 posted on 07/05/2009 4:56:44 PM PDT by Son House
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To: Son House

Religion of Peace Bump!


2 posted on 07/05/2009 4:58:13 PM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour
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To: Son House

ROP Worldwide strikes again


3 posted on 07/05/2009 5:01:23 PM PDT by GeronL (freeping on a PS3)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour
Kind of makes you wish they would take out the nearest Mosque every time the Muzzies set off a bomb!
4 posted on 07/05/2009 5:15:43 PM PDT by WellyP
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To: Son House

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/international/2009/July/international_July424.xml&section=international

City police chief Superintendent Willie Dangane said no one had claimed responsibility for the attack but confirmed that the suspected bomber was arrested as he tried to bring another device into the church.

Regional military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Ponce was quick to blame the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) for the blast.

“The special operations group of the MILF is behind this,” Ponce said, adding that the MILF had carried out similar attacks in recent weeks.

He said a bomb also allegedly planted by MILF rebels exploded in the nearby town of Datu Piang late Saturday, wounding three people.

“They are getting desperate because of the military operations,” Ponce said, stressing that the attacks were apparently meant to divert military attention.

The military said it had received intelligence reports earlier indicating that the MILF was to carry out bomb attacks in major cities in Mindanao, the main southern island where they have been fighting for an independent Islamic state for the past three decades

The 12,000-strong MILF broke a five-year-old ceasefire in August 2008, launching deadly attacks across several towns and provinces in Mindanao after a court rejected a proposed deal with the government that would have given them control over vast lands they considered as their “ancestral domain”.

The fighting that followed left nearly 300 civilians and combatants dead, while more than half a million were displaced.

Many have returned to their homes even as sporadic clashes have persisted. But the government says more than 300,000 evacuees still live in various camps in Mindanao.


5 posted on 07/05/2009 5:28:48 PM PDT by Son House (President Øbama Turns His Back On The Oppressed During Their Darkest Hours)
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To: Son House
Norwegians.
6 posted on 07/05/2009 5:34:25 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Christian+Veteran=Terrorist)
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To: Son House

Darn AMISH!!!!


7 posted on 07/05/2009 5:49:43 PM PDT by icwhatudo (For every clinic bombed or burned, 17 to 18 churches are burned down. MSM? MSM?)
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To: Son House

Where is the modern day King Richard? The ROP, is a religion of hate!


8 posted on 07/05/2009 6:04:56 PM PDT by Bushbacker1 (I'll miss President Bush greatly! Palin in 2012!)
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To: Son House
Whew. Suspected Muslim guerillas.

When I first read the headline I thought, "Oh, crap. What are those crazy Tea Partiers up to now?"

9 posted on 07/05/2009 6:30:39 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all. -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Son House

Islam’s war against civilization continues.


10 posted on 07/05/2009 7:11:45 PM PDT by BenLurkin ("A new Dark Ages made all the more terrible and prolonged by the sinister powers of science.")
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To: Son House

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2285776/posts

From very early this morning. Glad to see folks aren’t as apathetic as it appeared from the first thread. Might have just been way too early.


11 posted on 07/05/2009 10:00:24 PM PDT by MestaMachine (Zero+Zero=Zero, OR nothing from nothing is still nothing. OR 0+R E =0)
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To: MestaMachine

Bomb Blast Near South Philippine Cathedral Kills 3 [Time For the West To Halt Muslim Immigration]

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I seem to remember a lot of Turks when living in Germany.


12 posted on 07/06/2009 2:58:32 AM PDT by Son House (President Øbama Turns His Back On The Oppressed During Their Darkest Hours)
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Curse you!!! Curse you you Amish fiends with your Horse drawn IEDs and Bombs made out of Cow farts that contribute to glo-bull warming!!! Curse you all to heck you Amish interlopers!!!


13 posted on 07/06/2009 8:12:40 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: Son House

Anywhere muslims appear, violence, death, destruction, and desolation follows. Wingless crickets. No reason on earth for them to exist. All they do is destruction. When they have killed everything else in sight, they turn on each other.


14 posted on 07/06/2009 10:28:06 AM PDT by MestaMachine (Zero+Zero=Zero, OR nothing from nothing is still nothing. OR 0+R E =0)
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To: americanophile; Kolokotronis; annalex; MahatmaGandu; skeeter; NYer; Islaminaction; La Lydia; ...

15 posted on 07/06/2009 11:51:24 AM PDT by americanophile (Sarcasm: satirical wit depending for its effect on bitter, caustic, and often ironic language.)
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To: Son House

No matter where we look it is the same problem.


16 posted on 07/06/2009 7:23:02 PM PDT by Islaminaction
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