One person was killed and 30 others wounded in a bomb blast during ceremonies marking the 61st anniversary of the founding of the city of Isulan in the southern Philippines, authorities said . The attack occurred near a night market and caused scenes of panic.
This is the second attack in the region in less than a month. Two other bombs were discovered and neutralized by deminers, according to the mayor's office, which reports one death and at least 36 wounded in the blast. "It made a lot of noise, we immediately left but I can not forget the image of a girl carried by his father, his blouse covered with blood," said a witness, Judy Sapto.
The attack has not been claimed in the immediate future but suspicions are focused on the Islamist insurgency that has raged for decades in the south of the archipelago largely Catholic. "It is obvious that the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (Biff), which have links with the Islamic State (IS) group, have the most interest in carrying out this type of attack," said Captain Arvin Encinas, of the Philippine army
This attack occurred less than a month after the explosion of a pickup truck at an army checkpoint on the neighboring island of Basilan. This attack, which had killed 10 people, was claimed by the IS. President Rodrigo Duterte decreed martial law in the south of the country until the end of the year after the capture of the city of Marawi (south) by pro-EI militants.
These two attacks in less than a month come shortly after the entry into force of a law granting greater autonomy to the Muslim minority in the hope of ending the insurgency that has made more than 100,000 deaths, according to the government