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Abu Sayyaf extremists bomb Philippine bridge

Government authorities say that Al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf extremists have bombed and destroyed a bridge used by government forces and villagers in the southern Philippines

AP , Sunday 8 Jan 2012
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National police spokesman Agrimero Cruz says nobody was injured in the powerful explosion that brought down a bridge used by government forces and villagers late Saturday in a village in mountainous Patikul town on Jolo island.

The militants have bombed a number of bridges on Jolo to derail military offensives and government responses to terrorist attacks.

Cruz said Sunday that the remote-controlled bomb consisted of an unspecified type of explosives attached to a wrist watch.

US-backed Philippine offensives have weakened the Abu Sayyaf, which is notorious for deadly bombings, kidnappings and beheadings, but the group remains a key security threat.

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