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Blast kills Philippine Muslim MP

BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Blast kills Philippine Muslim MP

... "It looks like the congressman was the target of the attack," Mr Barias told reporters. ... Mr Akbar, 47, had twice served as governor of Basilan, an island in the south of the Philippines used by the Islamist group Abu Sayyaf as a base for launching kidnapping and bombing raids.

The United States has listed Abu Sayyaf as a terrorist organisation and says it has links to al-Qaeda.