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13 août 2019 | 09h50 UTC

Philippines: Two explosions reported in Sulu province August 13

Philippines Alerte de sécurité

Two explosions reported in Patikul town (Sulu province) wounding one soldier August 13; terrorism suspected

TIMEFRAME expected from 13/8/2019, 12h00 until 15/8/2019, 11h59 (Asia/Manila). COUNTRY/REGION Patikul, Sulu province

Event

Two improvised explosive devices (IED) reportedly detonated in Patikul town (Sulu province) on Tuesday, August 13, wounding one soldier. The first blast occurred at 07:30 (local time) in the Igasan area, near a security vehicle. The second explosion took place at 08:30 while security forces were at the scene.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, although officials suspect Abu Sayyaf carried out the attack. A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are to be expected in the area over the coming hours.

Similar attacks are likely in Sulu province over the coming days and weeks.

Context

Abu Sayyaf is an Islamic State-affiliated Jihadi militant group operating primarily in the southern Philippines. The group's criminal and terrorist activities include kidnappings, bombings, and beheadings in western Mindanao. Its main theaters of activity are the island provinces of Basilan and Sulu.

Advice

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.

As a reminder, authorities advise against all travel to western and central Mindanao and the Sulu archipelago due to the risk of terrorist activity and clashes between the military and insurgent groups.

 

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