Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Muslim woman killed in Basilan blast

A MUSLIM woman was killed in a bomb explosion after stepping a tripwire on a village in Sumisip town in the southern Philippine province of Basilan where pro-ISIS Abu Sayyaf militants are actively operating.

Police said Junayra Saad was killed instantly by the blast in Upper Benembengan village on Tuesday. It was unknown who planted the bomb or whether the Abu Sayyaf was involved as army soldiers are known to patrol villages in the town. 

The victim’s family has not release any statement, but authorities have in the past blamed the Abu Sayyaf group for the spate of bombings and attacks on innocent civilians in Basilan, one of five provinces under the Muslim autonomous region. 

The militant group did not say whether it was their explosive, but security has been tightened in the town following Saad’s tragic death. 

Leaders of the Abu Sayyaf have pledged allegiance to the ISIS or Islamic State and vowed to fight for the establishment of a strict caliphate in the restive, but mineral-rich region of Mindanao. (Mindanao Examiner)

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