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10 injured in Jolo bomb blast

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By Bong Garcia

Ten people were injured in an improvised bomb explosion in Jolo, Sulu, a top military official said Saturday.

Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, Joint Task Force Sulu commander, said the incident occurred around 7:10 p.m. Friday at the JNB Sari-Sari store and videoke bar in Sitio Martirez, Barangay San Raymundo, Jolo.

Sobejana said the victims, whose identities were not immediately available as of this posting, were having drinking spree inside the videoke bar at the time of the explosion.

Sobejana said the victims were rushed to the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) although their wounds are not life threatening.

He said the police are currently investigating the case, while the Joint Task Force Sulu troopers have launched intelligence operations to possibly apprehend the suspects.

Initial investigation showed the improvised explosive device (IED) that exploded was triggered by a cellular phone, the military official said.

“We are looking at the signature of the IED to identify the culprits,” Sobejana added.

Meanwhile, Sobejana said they are reassessing the security measures in downtown Jolo and other parts of the province.

He said closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras will be installed in terror-prone areas in collaboration with the provincial government headed by Gov. Abdusakur Tan II. (PNA)




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