From the Manila Times (Sep 10, 2019): WestMinCom: 2 suicide bombers in Sulu target military installations
TWO suicide bombers in Sulu are now the subject of “intensified” operations, the Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) said on Tuesday, amid reports that they have set their sights on military installations.
“The two are in Sulu and we are monitoring them. We won’t let them get out [from Sulu] because they will have an opportunity in other areas,” Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana told reporters in a phone-patch interview at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.
“But the good thing about this is they don’t have support outside Sulu that is why I think they cannot launch hostilities,” Sobejana said.
Sobejana said the two may be targeting military installations but did not elaborate.
Sobejana said five bombers were originally “blessed” to carry out the suicide attacks.
The most recent was Sunday’s failed attack at a military detachment in Indanan, Sulu, where an unidentified woman strapped a pipe bomb around her body and blew herself up. She was the lone fatality.
Norman Lasuca, the first Filipino suicide bomber, and his companion were responsible for the twin explosions in June at the Philippine Army’s 1st Brigade Combat Team (BCT) also in Indanan town where eight people died, including the suspects.
The military also tagged the first three bombers as being under the command of Abu Sayyaf leader Hajan Sawadjaan, who was identified as the alleged mastermind of the twin explosions at a Roman Catholic church in Jolo in January.
“It seems they [the two bombers] are trying to seek vengeance because there have been setbacks on their part with our relentless focused military operations,” Sobejana said.