Philippines: At least 10 killed in car bomb attack by ISIS-linked terrorists
Ten people, including troops and civilians, were killed when an explosion tore through a van at an army checkpoint in the southern Philippines Tuesday. Authorities warns the blast could be linked to a wider plot by ISIS-linked terrorists.
The powerful explosion happened after soldiers and pro-government militia troops stopped the vehicle and tried to search it, on the outskirts of the mainly Christian city of Lamitan, which is on the predominantly Muslim island of Basilan.
The van driver, a Muslim terrorist member of the ISIS-linked Abu Sayyaf terror group blew himself up and killed one soldier, five militia troops and four civilians.
Government forces had been on heightened alert after receiving reports that terrorists planned to plant improvised explosives in areas around the island, Philippine military spokesman Colonel Edgard Arevalo told reporters in Manila.
“We can just imagine the tragedy that this would bring to the people of Basilan had we not stopped them at the checkpoint,” he said.
Basilan is a stronghold of the notorious Abu Sayyaf kidnap-for-ransom terror group.