A roadside bombing by suspected insurgents has killed four people, including a six-year-old girl, in the southern Philippines.
The victims were in a van in Datu Saudi Ampatuan town in Maguindanao Province Tuesday night when it went off. Experts said the bomb was an improvised device.
Norodin Macabangen - a municipal treasurer of a nearby town - died in hospital. His six-year-old daughter, brother and another man, died instantly, while his wife and 9-year-old son were injured.
There had been clashes between soldiers and members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters group in the area, and the bomb is believed to have been intended to target soldiers, a police report said.
The group broke off several years ago from the larger Moro Islamic Liberation Front when the latter pursued peace talks with the government. The BIFF choose to continue to fight for a separate homeland in the south of the Philippines for the Muslims living there.