A suicide bomber wearing a standard Muslim girl’s robe died after detonating a bomb exterior a army camp within the restive southern Philippines, however no different casualties had been reported, authorities mentioned.
Suicide assaults had been as soon as very uncommon within the Philippines, however since July 2018 there have been 4, together with the most recent explosion on Jolo island on Sunday.
The Islamic State claimed duty for all three earlier suicide assaults, which specialists have beforehand advised AFP is a worrying escalation of extremism within the Philippines beneath the group’s affect.
According to a army assertion, the attacker on Sunday was “foreign looking”, wore an abaya robe and gave the impression to be a lady. However, authorities had not confirmed the attacker’s gender.
No group has but claimed the assault, which got here a day after an IS-claimed bombing wounded eight at a market on the island of Mindanao.
Separatist teams within the Christian-majority nation’s south have waged decades-long insurgencies which have killed hundreds.
This weekend’s assaults solid a shadow over a step towards a measure of peace within the area. The largest Muslim insurgent group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, started to put down its weapons on Saturday.
While the MILF has brokered peace with the federal government, different extra excessive factions like jihadist group Abu Sayyaf proceed to stage lethal assaults.