At least 11 people have been killed and 40 injured in a bombing attack in the city of Jolo in the Philippines while soldiers were helping with Covid-19 relief efforts. One of the attacks involved a female suicide bomber.
The first explosion occurred inside the Paradise Food plaza next to a computer shop in downtown Jolo at around 12.00am local time, killing five soldiers and five civilians, local media reported, citing the military.
Regional military commander Lieutenant General Corleto Vinluan said that the bomb was attached to a parked motorcycle.
About an hour later a female suicide bomber blew herself up outside the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel nearby, Vinluan said. The second explosion killed one soldier.
Photos from the scene show charred bodied lying on the street and rescuers treating the wounded.
They also show soldiers deployed at the scene and a damaged army truck.
#SunStarBreakingUPDATED:Twin explosions rocked Jolo, Sulu on Monday morning and afternoon (August 24), 11:53 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.The explosions happened at the Barangay Walled City, particularly inside the Paradise Food Shop beside SYNTAX computer shop in Jolo, Sulu. pic.twitter.com/d6enCCRk5f
— Sun Star Davao (@SunStarDavao) August 24, 2020
Unconfirmed reports of a bombing incident in Jolo today. If confirmed, I’d like to remind everyone that the intelligence officers of the AFP who were murdered by the PNP in early July were tracking terrorist bombers. pic.twitter.com/wcaFVHufqQ
— Gerry Cacanindin (@GerryCacanindin) August 24, 2020
No one has claimed the responsibility for the attack, but the southern Sulu Archipelago is a stronghold of the ISIS-linked Islamist insurgent group Abu Sayyaf. The group bombed the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel last year, killing 20 people.
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