Blast Kills 4 In Jolo Island, AFP Says

July 21, 2007 at 9:06 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanao Examiner / 21 Jul) – The Philippine military said four people had died and four others wounded in a blast in the southern island of Jolo.

The blast destroyed a market store in downtown Jolo, a regional army spokesman, Maj. Eugene Batara.

“Four people were killed in the blast inside a market store in Jolo. Four people were also wounded and rushed to hospital,” Batara told the Mindanao Examiner.

Army Brig. Gen. Ruperto Pabustan, commander of an anti-terrorist task force in Jolo, earlier said that the explosion ripped through a house in downtown Jolo. Its occupants, he said, were allegedly assembling homemade bombs.

He said the explosives would probably be used in illegal fishing, which is rampant in the Sulu Sea.

Pabustan has ordered security forces to arrest those involved in illegal fishing and individuals engaged in selling explosives and chemicals used in the manufacture of homemade bombs.

Troops are battling the Moro National Liberation Front rebels and members of the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group and the Jemaah Islamiya on the island.

Soldiers in April seized 600 kilos of ammonium nitrate from a mini-bus in Jolo’s Panamao town and another 25 kilos at a government checkpoint in Zamboanga City in the western part of Mindanao island. (Mindanao Examiner)

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