At least seven members of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's security team and two soldiers were injured in a roadside bombing ambush by suspected Muslim militants, Zero Hedge reports.
The attack took place ahead of the president's planned visit to the south of the country, AFP reported citing the president and the Armed Forces.
"My advance party was ambushed a while ago. The Presidential Security Group was hit by an IED." Duterte said.
An explosive device planted along the road detonated when the presidential convoy headed to Marawi, the capital of Lanao del Sur province on the island of Mindanao, the second-largest island of the Philippines.
“The truck carrying the president's advance security detail was hit by an improvised explosive device,” Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said, as cited by Reuters. “There was no firefight.”
“The convoy was ambushed using an IED while traversing from Iligan City to Marawi City,” Armed Forces spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla said. The injured men were immediately airlifted to safety. Members of the president's official media team were also in the convoy, but were unharmed.
Duterte has previously used very harsh rhetoric about Muslim insurgents in the country, and has even promised to eat them alive in public, raw.
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