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Death toll rises to 3 from bombing in Philippines

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Kidapawan (Philippines), Nov 24 (AP) The death toll from a bomb blast in a billiard hall near a crowded town carnival in the southern Philippines has risen to three, officials said today.

The death toll rose overnight after one of the wounded died in hospital, Capt Jo-ann Petinglay, an army spokeswoman, said today. Another 22 people were wounded in the blast.

Mayor Joselito Pinol said two men left the bomb, which was apparently concealed in a bag, at the billiard hall late Sunday in his town of Mlang in North Corabato province. The two men left hurriedly on a motorcycle before the blast happened.

Pinol said bomb shrapnel and flying debris hit people in the billiard hall and in a nearby carnival. The blast damaged the billiard hall.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Government troops have been on alert for possible attacks in the region by a Muslim rebel faction opposed to a new peace deal between the government and a larger Muslim insurgent group.

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