MANILA: Eight people were killed and 22 were wounded after two suicide bombers attacked a military camp in the southern Philippines on Friday. The dead included three soldiers, three civilians, and the two attackers. Ten civilians and 12 soldiers were also wounded.
Maj. Arvin Encinas, spokesperson for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom), said the attack occurred at around noon at the headquarters of the Army 1st Brigade Combat Team in Tanjung, Indanan, Sulu.
The attack took place as the new AFP Wesmincom commander, Maj. Gen. Cirilito E. Sobejana, assumed his post from vice Lt. Gen. Arnel B. Dela Vega, who has retired, in a ceremony held in Zamboanga City on Friday.
Encinas told Arab News the bombers attempted to enter the camp. The first suspect, however, was intercepted at the gate.
“It appears that the suspects’ initial plan was to bring their bombs inside the camp but during inspection at the gate, our soldiers discovered the explosives, which suddenly went off,” Encinas said.
The suspect is believed to have detonated the bomb at the gate, instantly killing three soldiers and three nearby civilians. The suspect also died in the blast, which destroyed the gate, leaving the entry of the camp open.
Encinas said another suspect rushed inside and detonated a second bomb, but killed only himself.
A police report said armed men attacked the camp following the explosions. A brief encounter between the armed men and government forces ensued.
Encinas said it has yet to be determined whether the suspects who carried out the bombing were Filipinos or foreigners, adding that body parts recovered from the scene may be submitted for DNA testing.
The military have yet to identify the group behind the attack, which an Army official said “was meant to disrupt the intensified security operations and our operational tempo, following a recent series of operational gains in the area.”
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Source: arab news
Eight dead in suicide bombing at Philippines military camp