PNP sends more security forces to Jolo, Sulu after blasts
MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) has deployed more security forces to assist authorities in pursuit of operations in the explosions in Jolo, Sulu that occurred on Monday, Aug. 24.
“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 today,” PNP spokesman Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said in a statement on Tuesday.
Banac said PNP chief Gen. Archie Gamboa also directed Bangsamoro police director Brig. Gen. Manuel Abu to intensify “conduct of checkpoints, police visibility patrols, and focused intelligence and law enforcement operations” in coordination with the military forces.
Data from the PNP recorded 14 people killed including one police personnel, seven military personnel, and six civilians in the bombings.
Meanwhile, 72 people, including six police personnel, 18 military personnel, and 48 civilians were injured in the blasts. They are undertaking treatment at nearby hospitals in Sulu.
Banac identified the PNP fatality as Police Senior Master Sergeant Joe Michael Langbis, who was assigned to the Special Action Force.
In the same statement, Gamboa expressed sympathy to the family of fallen soldiers and policemen in the blasts.
“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 said.
“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.
Reports from the military said the first explosion occurred at 11:54 a.m. inside a food shop in Barangay Walled City in Jolo, where a military truck was parked. After an hour, another explosion also occurred at the Goteckleng Building.
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