ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – At least seven Philippine marines were wounded Thursday when a roadside bomb hit a military convoy in troubled Sulu province in the Muslim south.
Brig. Gen. Alan Arrojado, Joint Task Group Sulu commander, said the Marine Battalion Landing Team-10 convoy was heading toward its operating base in Talipao town when the explosion occurred in the morning.
“Result: Government casualties – seven personnel suffered minor wounds due to stones and debris from the explosion,” he said in a text message.
The bombing, which targeted the convoy, was perpetrated by around 20 members of the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf militant group.
According to Arrojado, five of them have been identified as followers of Abu Sayyaf leader Radullan Sahiron and sub-leaders Amah Maas and Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan.