A navy report stated the assault occurred at 5:50 a.m. native time in a village in Lamitan Metropolis on Basilan, an island province off Mindanao.
The incident report stated a “white van” was detonated at a navy checkpoint in Colonia village in Lamitan Metropolis.
“Whereas troops had been conducting ocular inspection, the van all of the sudden exploded which resulted (in) the demise of 1 soldier and 4 (militia males) and wounding of two different militia males,” the report stated.
The navy stated the Abu Sayyaf militants might have been behind the assault.
Abu Sayyaf Group is a small, violent, and faction-ridden jihadist teams that operates within the western fringes of the southern Philippine island of Mindanao and on the Sulu islands extending from Mindanao. They’re infamous for finishing up bombings in southern Philippines.
The group has pledged allegiance to Islamic State and has carried out kidnappings for ransom of each foreigners and Filipinos.
Authorities stated the group, which was arrange within the Nineteen Nineties, is considered holding quite a few hostages which they maintain within the jungles of Basilan and Sulu, their stronghold.
The Abu Sayyaf helped the Maute militants in attacking Marawi Metropolis in Could final 12 months, triggering a five-month fierce battle that left greater than 1,200 useless.
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