A female “suicide bomber” on Sunday was killed in a foiled attempt to inflict major casualties in an Army facility in Indanan, Sulu.
The incident triggered stepped-up security by all Philippine National Police and Armed Forces units in Mindanao and the rest of the country.
A report from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Police Regional Office said that the “person-borne IED explosion” took place outside the gate of the Alpha Company of the Army’s 35th Infantry Battalion in Km. 3, Kjataian, Indanan municipality at 5:45 p.m. on Sunday.
Citing a report from the Indanan Municipal Police Station, ARMM police director Brig. Gen. Marni Marcos Jr. said that the suspect, who was wearing a black hijab or an “abaya,” a head covering worn in public by Muslim women, was spotted by Army Cpl. Asmada Sabdani walking on the road while about to enter the Army headquarters’ main entrance.
The soldier took cover and warned the suspect from entering the camp without being inspected. However, the suspect immediately detonated an IED killing her on the spot.
Badly-mutilated parts of the “suicide bomber,” were found strewn around the camp’s gate.
“No casualty was reported on the part of the military and other people in the area and post-blast investigation and processing of the crime scene is ongong,” Marcos said.
Banac said that there is an ongoing investigation into the gender of the slain suspect.
Armed Forces Western Mindanao Command chief Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana said that the slain suspect was foreign-looking, with long hair, based on the recovered mutilated head.
However, he said that the recovered dismembered hand is similar to that of a man.
Investigators are determining the identity of the slain suspect.
Joint Task Force Sulu spokesman Lt. Col. Gerard Monfort said that the woman, who appeared pregnant, attracted the attention of the camp’s sentry because she was acting suspiciously.
Soldiers have been alerted about the possible “suicide bombers,” including suspects disguised as pregnant women.
Officials said that a manual fuse igniter believed to be from the suicide bomber was recovered at the site.