ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines—At least four persons were killed and eight others injured when an improvised explosive device went off in downtown Jolo, capital of Sulu province, at 6:55 p.m. Saturday, the military’s Western Mindanao Command said.
Colonel Randolph Cabangbang said the bomb was placed in an electric power generator just outside the door of the Cleopatra Commercial Store on Serantes Street.
A police report to the seat of government of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao in Cotabato City initially reported that two persons were killed and that the blast occurred at 7:10 p.m.
The identity of the perpetrators and their motive could not be ascertained immediately, Cabangbang said.
No other details were available.
With a report from Edwin Fernandez, Inquirer Mindanao