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Two killed, four wounded in Philippine bomb attack: military

world Updated: Jun 03, 2009 08:50 IST

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An unarmed soldier and a civilian woman were killed in a bomb attack by Muslim insurgents in the southern Philippines on Wednesday, the military said.

Four other soldiers were also wounded in the attack near the town of Datu Unsay in Maguindanao province, said regional army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Ponce.

The bomb was planted by separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels near a creek where soldiers were doing their early morning laundry along with some local villagers, Ponce said.

"There were many villagers there. We condemn this attack on our unarmed soldiers," Ponce said.

He said one soldier and a civilian were killed, while four others were wounded and taken to hospital.

Troops in the southern Philippines have been engaged in heavy fighting with the 12,000-strong MILF since August, when the rebels broke a five-year-old ceasefire and launched simultaneous attacks across the south that left over 300 people dead and tens of thousands homeless.