A woman suspected of being a suicide bomber was killed in an explosion near a military camp in Sulu in the southern Philippines on Sunday, Sept. 7.
The Sulu archipelago is a stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf, one of terrorist groups operating in southern Philippines.
The military said there were no other casualties except the suspected bomber who blew herself up by detonating an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) she was carrying.
An alert sentinel thwarted what appeared to be a “suicide bomb attack” targeting the military camp in, said official.
Maj. Arvin John Encinas, Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) spokesperson, said the incident, which happened around 5:45 p.m. Sunday in Barangay Kajatian, Indanan, Sulu, resulted in the death of a likely female bomb carrier.
Encinas said the attack was thwarted when the duty sentinel, Cpl. Asmada Sabdani of the 35th Infantry Battalion’s alpha company, noticed “a female person wearing black hijab, known as abaya, who was walking along the road of the Kilometer 3 highway going to the camp.”
Encinas said Sabdani immediately took cover and warned the suspect to stop, while about to enter the camp’s gate.
However he said the suspect disregarded the warning and detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) that caused her death.
He said the suspect was unidentified as her body was shredded into pieces.
He described the suspect as a “woman and foreign looking with long hair based on the recovered mutilated head; however, the recovered dismembered hand is similar to that of a man”.
He added that the trigger mechanism was recovered and investigation is ongoing.
Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, Westmincom chief, has called on every Suluanon to remain vigilant and to report suspicious items and personalities to authorities.
“We assure the public that the Westmincom forces shall sustain our security and peace efforts to prevent hostile acts that may disrupt the peace and development in the Bangsamoro Region,” Sobejana said. (PNA)