MANILA (Philippines News Agency) – The Apostolic Vicariate of Jolo has asked the faithful to pray for the municipality of Jolo following two explosions that claimed the lives of 12 people, including seven soldiers, and injured 40 others on Monday.
Jolo Bishop Charlie Inzon condemned the twin blasts that occurred in front of an eatery around 11:53 a.m. on Serrantes Street in Barangay Walled City, Jolo, Sulu.
He urged the public to remain calm and be vigilant.
“Because of what happened here today, we appeal for your prayers for such incident not to happen again. Let us pray for all the victims and people should stay calm,” the Catholic prelate said in an interview over Church-run Radio Veritas on Monday.
Based on the initial report Philippine National Police (PNP), the first explosion happened at the Plaza Rizal in front of Paradises Grocery in Barangay Walled City.
The blast came from a parked motorcycle loaded improvised explosive device (IED). It was parked beside a 6×6 M35 military truck of the 21st Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army where the personnel had just finished their weekly market visit.
Authorities added that the second explosion happened past 1:00 p.m., not far from the initial area of the blast while authorities are conducting “sweeping” activities at the first explosion site.
Malacañang as well as military and police officials also condemned the twin explosions as the country continues to grapple with the deadly coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. (PNA)