Two explosions in Jolo (Jolo Island; Sulu province) killed at least five people and injured 17 others on Monday afternoon, August 24. Initial reports indicate that the first explosion occurred at around 12:00 (local time), and the target of the explosion was a military vehicle parked in front of a commercial building near the Jolo town plaza. The blast killed at least five soldiers. The second blast occurred at around 13:00, although it remains unclear if any casualties were caused as a result of this explosion. It has been reported that Abu Sayyaf militants have claimed responsibility for the attack, claiming to have killed six military personnel.
A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are to be expected in the area over the coming hours.
Abu Sayyaf is an Islamic State-affiliated Jihadi militant group operating primarily in the southern Philippines. Its main areas of operation are the island provinces of Basilan and Sulu.
Individuals in Sulu province are advised to continue avoiding the affected area, monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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