Source: AP

Suspected Islamist Militant Group Abu Sayyaf has set off powerful bombs in the Jolo town of Sulu province of the Philippines. The blasts have killed at least 10 people and injured many others as per the initial report.

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The area was already under tight security after threats from Islamic state-inspired militant groups.

The first bomb was placed in a motorbike in front of a grocery shop, the reports have claimed. It was placed near two army trucks. The blast has killed at least 9 people including five braveheart soldiers and 4 civilians. Military reports confirmed that the vehicle-borne improvised explosive device was used for the explosion.

A second blast took place at a nearby place from the first blast location where a female suicide attacker pulled the plug. A soldier and the attacker were killed in the blast that took place after an hour of the first blast.

The third blast was averted and an unexploded bomb was found in a public market in Jolo.

The southern region of the Philippines home to the minority Muslims in the largely Roman Catholic country has seen decades of separatist unrest. No group has officially claimed the responsibility yet. However, it is suspected Mundi Sawadjaan of Abu Sayyaf group has masterminded the attacks. As per military sources, Sawadjaan targeted bombings using female suicide bombers before as well.

The military has been waging an offensive action against Abu Sayyaf, a violent group mostly focused on the Southern part of the country. The group is aligned with the Islamic State and is blacklisted by the US and the Philippines.