The Philippine National Police is mobilizing all available security forces in pursuit operations against persons responsible for the latest act of terrorism in Jolo, Sulu yesterday.
PNP Chief, Police General Archie Francisco Gamboa ordered Bangsamoro PNP Regional Director, Police Brigadier General Manuel Abu to further intensify conduct of checkpoints, police visibility patrols, and focused intelligence and law enforcement operations in close coordination with the AFP and other members of the security sector.
In a follow up report, an Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) was detonated infront of Paradise Enterprises in Brgy. Walled City, Jolo, Sulu wounding some civilians and military personnel.
While the elements of Jolo PNP and AFP rushed to the scene to aid victims and ensure the safety of other residents for possible secondary devices, another explosion transpired near the first explosion.
The incident killed 14 persons: one (1) PNP personnel, seven (7) AFP personnel and six (6) civilians and wounded 72 others: six (6) PNP personnel, 18 AFP and 48 civilians.
The lone police casualty was identified as PSMS Joe Michael A Langbis, member of PNP Special Action Force.
Other wounded police and military personnel and civilians are now for undergoing treatment at nearby hospitals in Sulu.
“We join the entire Filipino nation in strong condemnation of this senseless act of terror for whatever motive its perpetrators may have even during this time of pandemic,” Gamboa expressed.
“While we express our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family of the deceased and sympathy to the wounded, we assure them of our keen resolve and commitment to bring to justice those responsible for this vicious attack,” he added.
The PNP calls the help of public to any information that may help police to identify the suspects and prevent any similar incident from happening again. PNP-PIO