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Philippines: Suspected Jihadist Attack on Southern Island Kills 10

1 MIN READJul 31, 2018 | 15:46 GMT

What Happened: An explosive device hidden in a van detonated July 31, killing 10 people and wounded five others on the southern island of Basilan, the Philippine news website Rappler reported.

Why It Matters: No group has yet claimed the attack, which despite employing a much larger device than Islamic State supporters had used in recent years, bore hallmarks of the jihadist group. The blast came just days after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Bangsamoro Organic Law.

Background: The law creates an autonomous region in the Philippines for minority Muslim rule. It is designed to empower local leaders to undermine support for jihadists, making a violent response from militants unsurprising.

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