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Authorities confident that suspects in Jolo twin bombing are still in the region

Debris lies scattered after a church bombing attack in Jolo, Sulu province, Philippines January 27, 2019. Armed Forces of the Philippines – Western Mindanao Command/Handout via REUTERS

The military is confident that members of the Ajang-ajang group are still in Sulu.

The Ajang-ajang group, a faction of the Abu Sayyaf Group is allegedly behind the twin blasts in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cathedral in Jolo, Sulu, killing 20 people and injuring more than a 100 others.

According to Western Mindanao Command Spokesman Col. Gerry Besana, because the region is currently on lockdown, the suspects will definitely have difficulties plotting their escape.

Besana added that there is a possibility that there are people who are helping them.

However, Besana said that President Rodrigo Duterte’s stern marching order is to find and pulverize the said terror group.

Tension still reigns in Jolo, as residents rarely go out of their homes and most establishments remain closed.

Meanwhile, the Bureau of Immigration is on heightened alert in all international airports and seaports.

The order came days after the twin bombings in Jolo, Sulu.  The directive aims to prevent the incident from happening again.

Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente ordered all Immigration officers to double their efforts in monitoring foreigners on their purpose on why they are in the country.

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