BREAKING NEWS

Blast kills 5 people in southern Philippines

MANILA - A powerful blast killed atleast five people and wounded three near a school on a southernisland in the Philippines on Thursday, a marine general said.

No has claimed responsibility for the attack but a smallband of Islamist militants with close ties to al Qaida andregional network Jemaah Islamiah (JI) operates on the island,Brigadier General Romeo Tanalgo, marine commander, said.

Since 2004, a small group of U.S. soldiers is based on theisland in the south of the mainly Roman Catholic state, helpingtrain local soldiers fight Islamist militants.

Subscribe for our daily newsletter
Subscribe for our daily newsletter

By subscribing I accept the terms of use and privacy policy

Read all Tweets >