Military in heightened alert in Jolo
JOLO –The military has increased its security in the southern Philippine town of Jolo following a recent grenade attack that wounded 7 soldiers.
A lone man lobbed the grenade on a military truck transporting troops in Jolo.
The soldiers just arrived by boat in Jolo and were heading to their barracks when the attack occurred at the port area, just several blocks from the police headquarters.
There was no arrest made and security officials would not say if the attack was carried out by the jihadist group Abu Sayyaf which is holding several foreigners in the hinterlands and has threatened to execute one of them.
It was not immediately known why the police failed to detect or prevent the attack. The soldiers – all members of the 4th Scout Ranger Battalion – were sent to the province to augment ground forces battle the Abu Sayyaf which pledged allegiance with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
The wounded soldiers were rushed to a military hospital in Jolo. No individual or group claimed responsibility for the daring attack. Sulu is one of five provinces under the volatile Autonomous region in Muslim Mindanao. The mayor of Jolo, Hussin Amin, did not give any statement on the latest assault against the soldiers.
The military released the names of the soldiers – Sergeants Zandro Sambrano, Ferdinand Bisnar and Corporals Juanito Taguiam, Arth Manatad, Arnel Pascual, Louis Limmayog and Calpasi Olli.