Manila: At the very least 10 have been killed, together with a suicide bomber, and 40 others injured in twin blasts within the Philippines’ Sulu province on Monday, the military stated.
Western Mindanao Command chief Lieutenant Basic Corleto Vinluan stated the victims additionally comprised 5 troopers and 4 civilians, whereas 18 troopers and 22 civilians have been among the many injured within the back-to-back blasts, stories Xinhua information company.
Lieutenant Colonel Ronaldo Mateo, the spokesman for the military’s 11th infantry division based mostly in Sulu, stated a bomb connected to a parked bike exploded at 11.53 a.m. in entrance of a grocery retailer, whereas the second occurred at 1 p.m. close to the cathedral in Jolo, the provincial capital.
He stated troops have been deployed within the space to safe the busy avenue, including that troopers and policemen have been posted within the space each day to keep up peace and order.
He stated the bike was parked beside a army truck simply exterior the shop earlier than the bomb detonated.
“Two to three minutes after the motorcycle was parked, the improvised explosive device went off,” he stated.
“The second bomb is believed to have been carried out by a suicide bomber,” Mateo added.
The army is verifying stories that the second explosion was carried out by a feminine bomber.
“Most probably these terrorist acts may have been perpetrated by the Abu Sayyaf group,” Mateo stated.
Jolo has lengthy been a stronghold for the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group.
Twin blasts hit the Jolo cathedral on January 27, 2019, that killed 23 and injured 95.
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