7 soldiers wounded in Jolo grenade attack

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: At least seven soldiers were wounded when a man lobbed a grenade on a military truck transporting troops Monday in Jolo town in the southern Filipino province of Sulu, military officials said.

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They identified the wounded soldiers as Sergeants Zandro Sambrano and Ferdinand Bisnar, and Corporals Juanito Taguiam, Arth Manatad, Arnel Pascual, Louis Limmayog and Calpasi Olli.

The soldiers had just arrived by boat in Jolo and were heading to their barracks when the attack occurred at the port area several blocks from the police headquarters.

There was no arrest made and security officials would not say if the attack was carried out by the jihadist group Abu Sayyaf, which has been holding several foreigners in the hinterlands and has threatened to execute one of them.

The soldiers—all members of the 4th Scout Ranger Battalion—were sent to the province to augment ground forces battling the Abu Sayyaf, which had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, IS, Da’esh).

The wounded soldiers were rushed to a military hospital in Jolo. No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the daring attack.

Sulu is one of five provinces within the volatile Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

The mayor of Jolo, Hussin Amin, did not give any statement on the latest assault against the soldiers. AL JACINTO

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