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What a Recent Suicide Bombing May Mean for the Philippines

Jul 9, 2019 | 09:00 GMT
Police officers and soldiers stand outside a Catholic church in Jolo, Philippines, on Jan. 27, 2019, the day after two suicide bombings killed 20 people.

Suicide bombings in the Philippines are rare, and those that occurred recently, like the bombing of this Catholic church in Jolo in January that killed 20, have been blamed on foreign militants. The involvement of a Filipino in a June 28 suicide bombing could have significant implications for security in the country.

(NICKEE BUTLANGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Muslim militants in the southern Philippines have long used bombs in their decadeslong war against the government in Manila, but suicide bombings have been relatively rare and Philippine authorities have blamed foreign militants for those that have occurred in the past year. The involvement of a Filipino bomber in a June 28 attack on a military base could have significant implications for security in the region. ...

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