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It is a bloody mess. You slip on shell casings, trip or bang into stuff, you can't hear due to sounds all being amplified. If you toss a grenade it could hit something and bounce back. And if it is a night training, multiply the chaos by 10 because you can't see. And this is just training, with an imaginary enemy that doesn't shoot back.

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According to the reports, even though there were many instances of Marawi Muslims protecting their Christian neighbours, and Muslims outright cursing the Islamic terrorists, there is no doubt that the majority of the fighters are Muslims from the region and even Marawi itself. So what the terrorists have succeeded in doing is encourage the government and military to be even more suppressing of the Muslims and the region, and thereby prolonging and enlarging the potential for continued insurgency.

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There's been a couple of bombings, both in Mindanao.

 

One on December 31st, 2018, at a mall in Cotabato City. 2 killed, more injured.

 

 

 

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) said Tuesday, January 1, that it suspected a local terror group inspired by ISIS (Islamic State) had a hand in the New Year’s eve blast in Cotabato that killed 2 people, even as it revealed it prevented a second bomb from exploding that day.

PNP spokesman Chief Superintendent Benigno Durana Jr said on radio station dzBB they found a second improvised explosive device (IED) inside the South Seas Mall but police bomb experts were able to defuse it.

“They were able to render safe another IED sa loob mismo ng South Mall sa Cotabato City at nakita naman natin the IED was actually designed to kill and maim a lot of individuals,” Durana said.

(They were able to render safe another IED inside the South Mall in Cotabato City and we saw that the IED was actually designed to kill and maim a lot of individuals.)

The first IED exploded 1:49 pm outside the South Seas Mall complex, killing two people and injuring 34 others, some of whom were children.

“Our investigators have initially found as a result of the post-blast investigation na ito po ay kagagawan ng (that this was the doing of a) local terrorist group, ISIS-inspired local terrorist group,” said Durana.

Durana added they are still looking at all possible angles aside from ISIS-inspired terrorism.

“Terrorism, extremism and terror attacks coming from these extremist groups, most of them are ISIS and Daesh inspired, Maute group, the local ISIS-inspired elements of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) etc,” Durana said.

PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde formed Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) to look into the Cotabato bombing.

“We are following a lot of leads para po matukoy natin yung mga (for us to identify the) perpetrators, the individuals so that we can arrest them as soon as possible and we can crack this case as soon as possible,” said Durana.

https://www.rappler.com/nation/220090-cotabato-new-years-eve-blast-isis-local-terror-groups

 

The other just now, January 27th, at a Cathedral during mass in Jolo, Sulu. At least 20 killed, over a 100 injured.

 

 

 

MANILA, Philippines (9th UPDATE) – At least 20 people were killed as explosions rocked the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Jolo, Sulu, on Sunday, January 27, just days after the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) was ratified.

This revised death toll, sent to reporters around 7 pm on Sunday, comes hours after Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) police Chief Superintendent Graciano Mijares earlier reported a death toll of 27.

In his latest update, Mijares said the following died in Sunday's Jolo Cathedral bombing:

14 civilians
5 from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)
1 from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)
He also said at least 111 individuals were wounded:

90 civilians
17 from the AFP
2 from the PCG
2 from the Philippine National Police (PNP)
The ARMM regional police said casualties "were immediately evacuated" as the AFP and the PNP secured the area.

The PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) earlier said two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were used to bomb the cathedral.

According to the ARMM regional police, one IED exploded inside the cathedral, and another at the entrance.

PNP spokesperson Senior Superintendent Bernard Banac said that the second explosion occurred as AFP personnel responded to the first explosion.

Arnel dela Vega, chief of the Philippine military's Western Mindanao Command, said the primary suspect behind the bombing is still the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group. He said that this is based on previous threats, but is subject to "further assessment and validation."

ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman also said the Jolo Cathedral bombing was likely the work of terrorists. Hataman said the Abu Sayyaf seems to be the only group capable of perpetrating such an attack.

"At this point in time, ayaw natin magbigay ng speculation, pero ang isang tiyak natin diyan 99% na kagagawan 'yan ng mga terorista," Hataman said in a chance interview at the Laguindingan Airport on Sunday.

(At this point in time, we do not want to make speculations, but we can be sure that this is 99% the handiwork of terrorists.)

PCG spokesman Armand Balilo identified the fatality from the PCG as Seaman Second Class Jaypee Galicha. He died at the blast site.

The PCG's PO3 Joemar Sanson and PO3 Paolo Isolana also sustained injuries, added Balilo.

The 3 were hearing Mass at the Jolo Cathedral when the bombing happened.

The PCG said Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Elson Hermogino "alerted all PCG units in the area, and directed them to join personnel from the AFP and PNP in the investigation and pursuit of the perpetrators."

The Jolo Cathedral bombing occurred barely a week after the Commission on Elections deemed the BOL as ratified. (READ: Galvez says ratified BOL brings 'new dawn' to Mindanao)

The BOL will abolish the ARMM and replace it with the powerful Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, the creation of which is expected to correct the historical injustices committed against the Moro people over the years.

https://www.rappler.com/nation/222009-jolo-sulu-cathedral-bombing-january-27-2019

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There's been a couple of bombings, both in Mindanao.

 

One on December 31st, 2018, at a mall in Cotabato City. 2 killed, more injured.

 

 

 

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) said Tuesday, January 1, that it suspected a local terror group inspired by ISIS (Islamic State) had a hand in the New Year’s eve blast in Cotabato that killed 2 people, even as it revealed it prevented a second bomb from exploding that day.

 

PNP spokesman Chief Superintendent Benigno Durana Jr said on radio station dzBB they found a second improvised explosive device (IED) inside the South Seas Mall but police bomb experts were able to defuse it.

 

“They were able to render safe another IED sa loob mismo ng South Mall sa Cotabato City at nakita naman natin the IED was actually designed to kill and maim a lot of individuals,” Durana said.

 

(They were able to render safe another IED inside the South Mall in Cotabato City and we saw that the IED was actually designed to kill and maim a lot of individuals.)

 

The first IED exploded 1:49 pm outside the South Seas Mall complex, killing two people and injuring 34 others, some of whom were children.

 

“Our investigators have initially found as a result of the post-blast investigation na ito po ay kagagawan ng (that this was the doing of a) local terrorist group, ISIS-inspired local terrorist group,” said Durana.

 

Durana added they are still looking at all possible angles aside from ISIS-inspired terrorism.

 

“Terrorism, extremism and terror attacks coming from these extremist groups, most of them are ISIS and Daesh inspired, Maute group, the local ISIS-inspired elements of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) etc,” Durana said.

 

PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde formed Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) to look into the Cotabato bombing.

 

“We are following a lot of leads para po matukoy natin yung mga (for us to identify the) perpetrators, the individuals so that we can arrest them as soon as possible and we can crack this case as soon as possible,” said Durana.

https://www.rappler.com/nation/220090-cotabato-new-years-eve-blast-isis-local-terror-groups

 

The other just now, January 27th, at a Cathedral during mass in Jolo, Sulu. At least 20 killed, over a 100 injured.

 

 

 

MANILA, Philippines (9th UPDATE) – At least 20 people were killed as explosions rocked the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Jolo, Sulu, on Sunday, January 27, just days after the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) was ratified.

 

This revised death toll, sent to reporters around 7 pm on Sunday, comes hours after Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) police Chief Superintendent Graciano Mijares earlier reported a death toll of 27.

 

In his latest update, Mijares said the following died in Sunday's Jolo Cathedral bombing:

 

14 civilians

5 from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)

1 from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)

He also said at least 111 individuals were wounded:

 

90 civilians

17 from the AFP

2 from the PCG

2 from the Philippine National Police (PNP)

The ARMM regional police said casualties "were immediately evacuated" as the AFP and the PNP secured the area.

 

The PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) earlier said two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were used to bomb the cathedral.

 

According to the ARMM regional police, one IED exploded inside the cathedral, and another at the entrance.

 

PNP spokesperson Senior Superintendent Bernard Banac said that the second explosion occurred as AFP personnel responded to the first explosion.

 

Arnel dela Vega, chief of the Philippine military's Western Mindanao Command, said the primary suspect behind the bombing is still the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group. He said that this is based on previous threats, but is subject to "further assessment and validation."

 

ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman also said the Jolo Cathedral bombing was likely the work of terrorists. Hataman said the Abu Sayyaf seems to be the only group capable of perpetrating such an attack.

 

"At this point in time, ayaw natin magbigay ng speculation, pero ang isang tiyak natin diyan 99% na kagagawan 'yan ng mga terorista," Hataman said in a chance interview at the Laguindingan Airport on Sunday.

 

(At this point in time, we do not want to make speculations, but we can be sure that this is 99% the handiwork of terrorists.)

 

PCG spokesman Armand Balilo identified the fatality from the PCG as Seaman Second Class Jaypee Galicha. He died at the blast site.

 

The PCG's PO3 Joemar Sanson and PO3 Paolo Isolana also sustained injuries, added Balilo.

 

The 3 were hearing Mass at the Jolo Cathedral when the bombing happened.

 

The PCG said Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Elson Hermogino "alerted all PCG units in the area, and directed them to join personnel from the AFP and PNP in the investigation and pursuit of the perpetrators."

 

The Jolo Cathedral bombing occurred barely a week after the Commission on Elections deemed the BOL as ratified. (READ: Galvez says ratified BOL brings 'new dawn' to Mindanao)

 

The BOL will abolish the ARMM and replace it with the powerful Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, the creation of which is expected to correct the historical injustices committed against the Moro people over the years.

https://www.rappler.com/nation/222009-jolo-sulu-cathedral-bombing-january-27-2019

 

 

Horrible, horrible deeds.

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Grenade tossed into a Mosque, 2 dead 4 injured. And a raid killed one of the suspects of the cathedral bombing.

 

MANILA - Two people were killed and at least four wounded in a grenade attack on a mosque early on Wednesday (Jan 30) morning in Zamboanga city, a key gateway in the Philippines' restive south.

 

This comes just two days after twin blasts rocked a Roman Catholic cathedral on Jolo island, west of Zamboanga, and left at least 20 dead and more than 100 injured.

 

Chief Inspector Shellamae Chang, spokesman for the Zamboanga police, identified those killed as Mr Habil Rex, 46, and Mr Bato Sattal, 47. Both were said to be preachers at the mosque.

 

 

An unidentified suspect reportedly turned off a nearby streetlight and lobbed a grenade at the mosque, in Talon district, where about 10 people were sleeping, just past midnight on Wednesday.

 

One investigator told online news site Rappler that a safety lever of a Belgian-made grenade was recovered at the scene.

 

The Inquirer reported that the mosque was owned by a retired police official.

 

 

In a statement, the Ulama Council of Zamboanga Peninsula called the attack "devilish, irrational and inhumane".

 

Wading into the issue, Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin said in a tweet: "Now the mayhem is interfaith."

 

"That means the secession is over, and plain vanilla mass murder has taken over, requiring the most extreme measures sufficient to end it without any talk-back from enemies of the state who objectively if not intentionally side with the criminals," he said.

 

Meanwhile, Senior Superintendent Bernard Banac said in a report that one of the suspects in the bombing of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Jolo, in the mainly Muslim province of Sulu, was killed in a police raid late on Tuesday (Jan 29).

 

The suspect was identified as Ommal Yusop, 64.

 

Another suspect, a certain "alias Kamah", and an unidentified third suspect, managed to flee.

 

Yusop and Kamah were earlier spotted in CCTV footage running away seconds after the first bomb exploded inside the cathedral.

 

Both were said to be members of the "Ajang-ajang" faction of the Abu Sayyaf, a small but brutal gang of self-styled Islamic militants founded in the 1990s with seed money from Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda network.

 

The Abu Sayyaf has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which claimed responsibility for the attack.

 

Mr Rommel Banlaoi, executive director of the Philippine Institution for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research, told ABS-CBN News Channel that he does not doubt ISIS' claim "because the target is a cathedral".

 

"Local terrorist organisations will not dare mount such a kind of mass casualty attack against Christian symbols, particularly cathedrals. Only ISIS has that kind of motivation to target cathedrals and to target Christian communities," he said.

 

Security forces unleashed airstrikes on suspected lairs of the Abu Sayyaf in the towns of Patikul and Indanan, in Sulu, after President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to crush the group.

 

Mr Duterte said on Tuesday the twin blasts that rocked the Jolo cathedral may have been a suicide attack, citing a briefing given to him by military commanders.

 

"It exploded. That is terrorism and suicide. You cannot carry plastic bags, you will be questioned by the military, police when you have backpack," he said when asked by reporters to clarify an earlier remark.

 

He added: "But you could see all around bits and pieces of flesh. We even stepped on it."

 

Asked separately about Mr Duterte's comment, Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said it was possible the second blast "may have been a suicide bomber".

 

"The first bomb that exploded inside the church was apparently left behind by a certain woman," he said.

 

"The second bomb that exploded at the entrance about a minute and a half after, may have been a suicide bomber as indicated by body parts strewn all over," he said.

 

Mr Duterte said he was certain the militant Abu Sayyaf group was responsible for the church attack and that it was possible, though not certain, that one of the bombers was Indonesian.

https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/grenade-attack-kills-two-at-southern-philippines-mosque-military

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Two suicide bombers kill at least 6 (three of which were soldiers) and 12 injured at a military post in Indanan, Sulu. During the suicide attacks, the post was also attacked by mortar and sniper fire.

 

 

 

At least eight persons were killed, including three soldiers, and twelve others were wounded when two suspected suicide bombers detonated a bomb inside a tactical command post of the military in Indanan, Sulu, Friday noon.

Soldiers walk past the body of a man slumped beside a tricycle following an armed attack in front of the temporary headquarters of the army’s First Brigade Combat team, in Jolo on June 28, 2019.(Photo by NICKEE BUTLANGAN / AFP / MANILA BULLETIN)

A military report reaching Zamboanga City stated that the incident happened while the turnover of command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Western Mindanao Command (AFP-WestMinCom) was ongoing between incoming commander Maj. Gen. Cirilito E. Sobejana and outgoing commander Lt. Gen. Arnel B. Dela Vega in the city.

The report said two suicide bombers entered the Army’s tactical command post at Sitio.

General Benjamin Madrigal, AFP Chief-of-Staff, went to the blast site at the headquarters of the Philippine Army’s 1st Brigade Combat Team (1BCT) in Sitio Tanjung, Barangay Kajatian on Saturday morning to conduct an ocular inspection and assess the situation of the troops.

“We condemn the latest bombing in [sulu] that victimized not only our soldiers but also civilians who were in the vicinity of the blast,” Madrigal said.

“Targeting soldiers and civilians whose only intention is to provide security and maintain peace in the communities is a cowardly act and deserves condemnation in the strongest terms possible,” he added.

Major General Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom), said three soldiers, three civilians and two suspected suicide bombers were killed in the attack which happened Friday noon.

At least 12 military personnel were also wounded and, as of writing, were being treated at a provincial hospital, he added.

The military identified the slain soldiers as Corporal Richard Macabadbad, and Privates First Class Dominique Inte and Recarte Alban Jr.

According to the report, the military police was able to take hold of the first suicide bomber, but he still managed to detonate the explosive.

The second suicide bomber then rushed inside the camp and detonated another bomb at the parking lot of the command post commander.

The camp was simultaneously attacked by lawless group with mortar shelling and sniper fires for about one hour.

The bodies of suicide bombers were shattered to pieces and could no longer be recognized.

The identities of the slain civilians and the two suspected “foreign-looking” suicide bombers have yet to be determined.

According to investigation by the military, the soldiers were conducting security check at the gate of the command post when the two suspects arrived.

“Dalawang explosion ‘yan. Ang isa nag-attempt na pumasok and then ang SOP [standard operating procedure] papasok doon sa kampo, may gate at may duty personnel na magcheck (There were two explosions. One of the suspects attempted to enter and our SOP is that before entering the camp, there’s a gate there and an assigned duty personnel for security check),” said Major Arvin Encinas, spokesperson of the Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom).

But the Sulu Provincial Police Office had a different version of the incident. It noted that members of the Army’s 1st Brigade Combat Team (1BCT) were conducting checkpoint operations when they flagged down a vehicle with unidentified men believed to be the suspects.

“Initial information gathered in the area revealed that while 1BCT, PA personnel were conducting checkpoint in the area, they stopped a vehicle boarded by lawless armed group. An explosion suddenly transpired that resulted in [an] armed encounter,” the police report said.

“As of this report, the firefight has stopped and the PNP personnel are conducting blocking operations in Sitio Tanjung, Barangay Kajatian, Indanan,” it added.

The police report noted that “two loud explosions” occurred in the area.

He added that the Islamic State (ISIS)-linked Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) is being eyed as the culprit behind the grim attack.

The entire WestMinCom was placed in heightened alert status following the attack.

Aid for slain soldiers’ kin

Meanwhile, the Philippine Army pledged aid to the bereaved families of the slain soldiers.

Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Zagala, Army spokesperson, said the families will receive benefits including the Command Special Financial Assistance, and burial assistance worth P80,000 from the Philippine Army.

Moreover, the slain soldiers’ families will also receive the Special Financial Assistance worth P500,000 from the Office of the President’s Social Civic Projects; educational assistance to two dependents each; and shelter assistance from the National Housing Authority.

“We commiserate with the families of our personnel who gave up their lives in the service of the people of Sulu. Their courageous act beyond the call of duty prevented further possible casualties and destruction of government property,” Zagala said.

https://news.mb.com.ph/2019/06/28/5-dead-8-hurt-as-2-suicide-bombers-attack-sulu-military-camp/

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Two bombing attacks on in Sulu.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Suspected Islamic militants set off powerful bombs in a southern Philippine town Monday, killing at least 10 soldiers and civilians despite extra tight security because of threats of attacks by the Islamic State group-aligned militants, military officials said.

 

Regional military commander Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan said at least five soldiers and four civilians were killed in the first attack when a bomb attached to a motorcycle exploded at noon near two parked army trucks in front of a grocery and a computer shop in Jolo town in Sulu province.

 

"It was a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device which exploded while our soldiers were on a marketing run," Vinluan told reporters.

 

A second blast nearby, apparently from a female suicide attacker, occurred about an hour later and killed the bomber and a soldier, Vinluan and other officials said. "A soldier was checking on somebody then there was another explosion," Vinluan said.

 

A third unexploded bomb was reportedly found in a public market. Jolo was immediately placed in a security lockdown by troops and police.

 

Nearly 40 soldiers, police and civilians were wounded in the bomb attacks, military and police officials said.

 

Pictures seen by The Associated Press showed soldiers carrying a man from the scene of the explosion near an army truck while another blast victim lay on the road. The wreckage of a motorcycle and partial remains were seen on the road.

 

The first bombing was carried out near a town plaza and a Roman Catholic cathedral in the predominantly Muslim province. The country's southern region is home to minority Muslims in the largely Roman Catholic nation and has been the scene of decades of Muslim separatist unrest, particularly in far-flung island provinces like Jolo.

 

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but the military blamed an Abu Sayyaf militant commander, Mundi Sawadjaan, for the bombings.

 

Military officials said last week that Sawadjaan plans to launch bombings in Sulu using two female suicide attackers. Army troops were carrying out a covert operation to locate and capture Sawadjaan and the suicide bombers in June when four army personnel were stopped at a Jolo police checkpoint and later shot to death by police personnel.

 

The army angrily described the killings as a rubout and demanded murder charges to be filed against nine policemen. Police officials, however, say it may have been a mistaken encounter between the army and police forces.

 

The military has been waging a months-long offensive against the Abu Sayyaf, a small but violent group aligned with the Islamic State group and blacklisted by the United States and the Philippines as a terrorist group for past bombings, ransom kidnappings and beheadings.

 

The number of its armed fighters have dwindled to a few hundreds in recent years due to battle setbacks and surrenders, including a key commander, Abduljihad Susukan, who gave up to authorities two weeks ago after being wounded in battle.

 

Susukan has been blamed for kidnappings and beheadings of hostages, including foreign tourists, and surrenders through a Muslim rebel chief, who has signed a peace deal and was cooperating with the government. He is now in police custody and faces multiple murder charges.

 

Military officials said they were not discounting the possibility that Monday's bombings may have been staged partly as a retaliation for the detention of Susukan, who is now in police custody and faces multiple murder and kidnapping charges.

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20200824/p2g/00m/0in/084000c Edited by JasonJ
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