Mohammad Zacaria-Pangcoga grimaces in pain as a nurse attends to his shrapnel wounds at Cotabato City's Regional Hospital in the southern Philippines. The young man was injured in a grenade blast during a community fiesta in Cotabato City, the ARMM's seat of government. A string of bombings in several of Mindanao's larger cities has killed scores of people since the beginning of 2002.

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