Philippine army arrest nine women over bomb plot

A Philippine police officer at the perimeter of a mock bomb blast scene during a terror attack response drill in Quezon, Philippines, April 9, 2019. The army detains nine women suspected of plotting to bomb military targets in the south. – EPA pic, February 23, 2021.

NINE women suspected of plotting to blow up military targets in the restive southern Philippines have been arrested, the army said today.

Security forces detained the women and seized bomb-making equipment during raids on Friday of several homes on Muslim-majority Jolo island, a stronghold of the Islamic State-linked Abu Sayyaf group.

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