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Abu Sayyaf Dominance or Desperation? Shifting Sands of Terrorism in Mindanao

On August 24, 2020, the Philippines experienced another suicide bombing attack in Jolo amidst the current COVID-19 pandemic. The two-stage attack began with the bombing of an explosive-laden motorcycle beside a military vehicle. Authorities claimed that a Filipino female individual then proceeded towards the bombsite and detonated her suicide vest after a soldier stopped her from entering the cordoned-off area. The attack killed 15 and wounded 75 others. The increased complexity of the attack might hint at the Abu Sayyaf’s desperate attempt to even their odds against the military.

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