Explosion on Philippine island kills eight, wounds at least dozen others

Explosion on Philippine island kills eight, wounds at least dozen others
Explosion on Philippine island kills eight, wounds at least dozen others

An explosion inside a grocery store killed at least eight people and wounded about a dozen others Monday on a violent southern island in the Philippines , police said.

The explosion took place in downtown Jolo town on Jolo island, about 950 kilometers (590 miles) southeast of Manila , said police Senior Superintendent Ajiron Ajirim. It wasn't immediately clear what caused the blast, he said.

The island is a stronghold of the al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf rebels.

Philippine police and U.S. troops who took part in recent counterterrorism exercises were seen in the area shortly after the explosion, reports the AP.

D.M.

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