September 11, 2019
The military has intensified its operations to capture two suicide bombers in Sulu province, according to the Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom).
Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, WestMinCom commander, said the two remaining suicide bombers were the subject of focused military operations.
“We won’t let them get out [of Sulu] because they will have an opportunity in other areas,” the military official told reporters in a phone interview in Quezon City.
A female suicide bomber was killed when she detonated a bomb at the entrance of a military detachment in Indanan, Sulu on Sunday.
Sobejana earlier said five bombers were given the mission to mount attacks.
Three of them had carried out their missions, including Norman Lasuca and his companion who blew themselves up at the Philippine Army’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, also in Indanan town, in June. Eight people died in the attack, including the bombers.
With the two suicide bombers trapped in Sulu, Sobejana expressed doubt if they could carry out attacks.
“They don’t have support outside Sulu, that is why I think they cannot launch hostilities,” he told reporters.
He admitted that the bombers might target military installations “to seek vengeance.”
On Tuesday, Malacañang expressed concern over the Sulu suicide bombing.
“It’s a matter of concern, of course. Anything that will show a rise in terrorism in any area of this country is always a matter of concern and we hope our security will improve more on their devices to stop this,” Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo said.
With a reports from CATHERINE S. VALENTE
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