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Philippine blast kills rebel, wounds 11 civilians

MANILA, Philippines (AP) – The Philippine military says an accidental grenade blast killed a communist rebel and wounded 11 civilians, including seven children.

Col. Leopoldo Galon said rebels were conducting lectures in a village in southern Bukidnon province’s Kibawe township when a guerrilla accidentally dropped a grenade.

It was not immediately clear if the rebel who died was the one who dropped the grenade.

The seven children hurt in Monday’s blast are aged 9 to 16.

The rebels have been fighting for a Marxist state since 1969 and are listed by Washington as terrorists.

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