AT least six soldiers and 5 civilians were killed while scored were wounded in two explosions yesterday afternoon in Jolo, Sulu.
This was confirmed by Major Corleto Vinluan Jr. commander of AFP- Western Mindanano Command (Westmincom).
Reports reaching Camp Aguinaldo showed that the first explosion occurred at around 12:00 pm in front of Paradise Grocery Store near SYNTAX computer shop in Jolo, Sulu.
The incident resulted in the killing of soldiers who were patrolling in the area.
According to Lt. Colonel Ronaldo Mateo spokesperson of 11th Infantry Division of Philippine Army, the explosion was triggered by an improvised explosive device (IED) was attached to a motorcycle that was parked in the area.
The second explosion was recorded at around 1 p.m. in front of the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) .
As of press time the area was placed under lock down to be able to arrest the suspect behind the bombings.
In line with this, PNP Chief General Archie Gamboa ordered PRO BAR Chief Police Brig. Gen. Manuel Abu to secure the place.
Authorities are not discounting the possibilities that the bombings are perpetrated by suspected members of Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).