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2009 July Philippines bomb blasts

About 2009 July Philippines bomb blasts

Two separate bombings in the Jolo, Sulu and Iligan City, Lanao del Norte have rocked Philippines killing seven people and injuring 40. The two cities are located in the Southern Phillipines.

Jolo, Sulu blast

The first bomb blasted at 7:55 AM when an improvised explosive device (IED) placed in a motorcycle went off in Jolo in which six people are dead and 30 injured. The blast occurred at outside Gotoling Hardware in Poblacion village soon after mass is over at the Catholic church in downtown Jolo. A section feels the blast at Jolo is an act of Abu Sayyaf Muslim rebels.

Maj. Gen. Juancho Sabban, a military commander said that this is a signature bomb by the Abu Sayyaf who wants to create panic and terror. He is reported to have told a media outlet that Cotabato City blast is connected with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and not with the Abu Sayyaf group. Philippine Navy spokesperson Lt. Col. Edgard Arevalo says that most of the injured are in critical condition.

Iligan City, Lanao del Norte blast

The second blast occured when another IED put inside a maroon colored Mitsubishi Lancer went off near a parked military jeep belonging to the Philippine Army Light-Armor Division. This blast is reported to have happened at 10:40 AM at the parking areas of Sabayle Street near the city pier in the commercial district of Iligan City. The second blast occured about 2 - 3 hrs after the first blast. Seven people including a two security person belonging to the 104th Brigade are injured in the incident. The surveillance system installed by the city Government will provide vital evidance and information in regard the incident.

Post-blast events

The Philippine National Police (PNP) was on full alert after the incident. Crisis management teams are setup and post-blast probe processes have begun. A report says that the Government will be suspending peace talks that are promoted by Malaysia with the MILF and tha the Phillipines Government will be seriously considering a massive assult on the group. Undersecretary Ricardo Blancaflor who is the spokesman for the Government's Anti-Terrorism Council said that while it a matter of concern, people should not be alarmed.

Responsibility for the blasts

Military personnel are yet to relate the two incidents. A section of officials feel these attacks may be linked to al-Qaeda-linked militants. Another angle of view of the blasts is that the two blasts have occured near churches.

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