Suspected woman suicide bomber killed in Philippines explosion: army

Suspected woman suicide bomber killed in Philippines explosion: army
# 08 September 2019 21:05 (UTC +04:00)

A woman suspected of being a suicide bomber was killed in an explosion near a military detachment in the southern Philippines on Sunday, but there were no other casualties, the army said, APA reports citing Reuters.

If confirmed, the incident would be the fourth suicide bombing in the restive southern Philippines in 14 months, adding to fears about the depth of Islamic State’s influence in the mainly Muslim region.

The military said troops on guard at the detachment in Indanan town in Sulu alerted fellow soldiers to take cover when a woman in Muslim attire was seen acting suspiciously. Moments later an explosion occurred.

The explosion could have caused heavy casualties, but for the actions of the troops guarding the detachment, regional task force commander Major General Corleto Vinluan said in a statement, adding that a detonator had been found at the scene.

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