(MANILA, Philippines.) JUST IN: A woman suspected of being a suicide bomber was killed in an explosion near a military detachment in the south on Sunday, but there were no other casualties, the army said #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Sept.08: If confirmed, the incident would be the fourth suicide bombing in the restive southern Philippines in 14 months, adding to fears about the depth of #IslamicState’s influence in the mainly Muslim region: The military said troops on guard at the detachment in Indanan town in Sulu alerted fellow soldiers to take cover when a woman in Muslim attire was seen acting suspiciously. Moments later an explosion occurred: The explosion could have caused heavy casualties, but for the actions of the troops guarding the detachment, regional task force commander Major General Corleto Vinluan said in a statement, adding that a detonator had been found at the scene.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the army suspects the Abu Sayyaf militant group to be responsible: The Sulu archipelago is a stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf, a radical faction that has pledged allegiance to #IslamicState. The group is notorious for piracy and kidnap for ransom.

Sunday’s incident came a day after an explosion at a public market elsewhere in the region wounded eight people: #IslamicState has claimed responsibility for the blast in a market in Sultan Kudarat province, but military investigators sought to downplay the militant group’s involvement: They suspect the attack was perpetrated by an “ISIS-inspired” group engaged in extortion.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said: He would wipe out Abu Sayyaf and has intensified military operations in its strongholds, though bombings targeting civilians and military have continued unabated.

#AceNewsDesk reports ………….Published: Sept.08: 2019: Reuters: Reporting by Martin Petty; Editing by David Goodman

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