Soldier hurt as twin blasts rock Sulu town anew

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 13)— One soldier was hurt as twin explosions rocked Patikul town in Sulu on Tuesday, police said.

Brig. Gen. Marni Marcos, director of the Police Regional Office in the Bangsamoro region, said the two bombs went off at a one-hour interval Tuesday morning in Sitio Lungan Gitong, Barangay Igasan.

Initial reports revealed that the soldier, who has yet to be identified, sustained injuries from the second blast while conducting cleaning operations at the site.

This comes after a series of blasts also disturbed a medical mission in the same Sulu town back in February.

A number of soldiers were also killed earlier this year in Patikul, a known lair of the Abu Sayyaf group, after fighting with the rebel group members. 

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Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Oscar Albayalde meanwhile asked for the public’s cooperation and vigilance as local authorities continue to secure the area.

Talagang medyo may problema tayo sa lugar na ‘yan. And talagang merong nakakasingit sa ganyang mga insidente especially so kapag talagang determined talaga ang mga enemies of the state,” Albayalde said in a media briefing.

[Translation: We really have a problem with that area. And incidents like that can slip by, especially if the enemies of the state are really determined.]

CNN Philippines Correspondent Gerg Cahiles contributed to this report.