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Philippines: Troops slay 3 suicide bombers at military checkpoint
Troops slay 3 suicide bombers at military checkpoint in Sulu
By Rene Acosta
The military killed on Tuesday afternoon three suspected suicide bombers—two of them an Egyptian and his teenage son—as the government intensified its manhunt against suicide bombers in Sulu, which President Duterte wanted cleared of terrorists by the end of the year.
Officials did not say whether the three, who were flagged down at a military checkpoint but reportedly chose to fight it out, are members of the Islamic State, whose leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was recently killed in a daring raid by US Special Forces in northwestern Syria.
A news statement issued by Lt. Col. Gerald Monfort, spokesman of the military’s Joint Task Force Sulu, said that the suspects, a local Moro and the father-and-son team with Egyptian nationality, were neutralized at around 4:50 p.m. on Tuesday by soldiers who were manning a checkpoint at Sitio Itawon, Barangay Kan Islam, Indanan, Sulu.
“The terrorists, composed of two foreign terrorists and one local ASG [Abu Sayyaf Group] member, were about to carry out their suicide bombing mission in Metro Jolo when they were neutralized by AFP [Armed Forces of the Philippines] during the implementation of a military operation intended to apprehend foreign terrorists in Sulu,” Monfort said.