Military and Civilians Killed in Philippines Blast

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Eight members of the Philippines security forces, six civilians and a suicide bomber were killed in two blasts in the centre of Jolo, on the island of Sulu, Southern Philippines, early on Monday morning. Reports say that a further 27 security personnel and 48 civilians were also wounded

Initial reports indicate that the first of two detonations occurred when an Improvised Explosive Devices - IED - hidden in a motorcycles went off as a convoy of military vehicles passed it early on Monday. Further reports say that later, as police and security forces were establishing a cordon around the scene, a female suicide bomber detonated herself.

The attack took place at approximately 04:00 GMT.

Sulu is known as a stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf Group, an armed group that has allied itself with ISIS.

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