MANILA (Reuters) – The Islamic State militant group has claimed duty for an explosion at a public market within the southern Philippines that wounded no less than seven individuals early on Saturday.
The group issued a press release late on Saturday saying the bike bombing had wounded seven Filipino Christians at a public market.
It was the fourth blast within the space in 13 months, in keeping with the Philippine army, which mentioned a militant group working within the principally Christian metropolis of Isulan within the province of Sultan Kudarat was among the many suspects.
The most recent blast comes at a time of heightened tensions within the risky southern Philippines after three incidents prior to now yr authorities mentioned had been suicide bombings by militants linked to the Islamic State.
Video footage confirmed Saturday’s blast occurred in a parking area for bikes. A suspected improvised explosive machine was positioned beside a parked bike, Main Arvin Encinas, a regional army spokesman, instructed reporters.
In April, a bombing by suspected members of a pro-IS militant group injured no less than 18 individuals in a restaurant in Sultan Kudarat in Mindanao area.
Mindanao is troubled by banditry and armed rebellions that preserve massive components of the area mired in poverty and instability.
Islamist militants function within the south of the predominantly Roman Catholic nation nation and a few are recognized to have hyperlinks with teams overseas, together with al Qaeda and Islamic State.
Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales; further reporting by Enrico Dela Cruz and Omar Fahmy; modifying by Darren Schuettler