As the gun battle between Government troops and the Abu Sayyaf Group continues, more and more civilian casualties are getting affected.
Earlier today, two were found dead in the recent bombing in Jolo and other victims are still currently being medicated in Zamboanga City Medical Center.
According to Chief Inspector Junpikar Sittin of Jolo Police station, the incident happened inside the residence of the Laho family.
He said that investigations are still on-going but there are allegations that the Laho family is engaged in dynamite fishing. Neighbors are saying it could have been the source of the said explosion.
Just two weeks ago 12 Indonesian were abducted in Tawi-Tawi and were kept in the area controlled by the rebel group. According to a military source, the said gunmen had demanded a ransom of P50 million. The victims were said to be crew members of the tugboat Brahman 12 according to the reports received by Maj. Gen Demy Tejares, deputy commander of Task Force Zambasulta (Zamboanga-Basilan-Sulu and Tawi-Tawi).
Last March, two bystanders were hurt when unidentified men threw a grenade in Barangay Asturias, Jolo, Sulu.
The rebel group is estimated to have about a thousand men under its name, split into several factions, which is responsible for the several cases of kidnap for ransom and other acts of violence in the said region. Abu Sayyaf started way back in the 1990s as a product of several Muslim separatist insurgencies.
The clash between the rebels and the government troops has kept the place’s safety in a very low standing. The sense of security is again in its all time low and has lessened the mobility of people living in Sulu.