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Philippine school bomb attack wounds 24 people

COTABATO, Philippines--A suspected improvised bomb attack at a university campus in the Philippines, has left 24 people wounded — many critically — including students and teachers, police said Monday.

It appeared a fire was set off deliberately in a school building housing security personnel at the state-run Cotabato Foundation College of Science and Technology, before the blast occurred Sunday night, police added.

“The fire drew responders, including firemen, teachers, and students, and they were among the injured,” explained Senior Inspector Rolly Oranza of the local police force in the troubled Mindanao region.

He said 17 of the wounded remain in a critical condition at the hospital. Police told AFP they believe the explosion was caused by an improvised explosive device, but ordnance experts are still determining the exact details.

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