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    After Bombing, ’State of Lawlessness’ in Philippines

    He’s cracking down. After a Friday night bombing in his hometown of Davao killed 14 and wounded 70, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte declared a “state of lawlessness” Saturday, deploying the military to urban centers to help police conduct checkpoints. Abu Sayyaf extremists, who have battled the Filipino government for years, are blamed for the market bombing near the Jesuit-run Ateneo de Davao University and a five-star hotel. Some of the terrorist group’s commanders have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, but the military says there’s no evidence of direct collaboration.

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