Britain issues travel advisory for Mindanao after terror blast

Police officers at the site of an explosion outside a shopping mall in Cotabato City, Mindanao, on Monday. Two people were killed and at least 32 others wounded in the attack.
Police officers at the site of an explosion outside a shopping mall in Cotabato City, Mindanao, on Monday. Two people were killed and at least 32 others wounded in the attack.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Explosion outside shopping mall being linked to two pro-ISIS militant groups

Britain has warned its citizens against travelling to the insurgency-racked southern Philippine island of Mindanao after a bomb went off in a mainly Muslim city there on Monday, killing two and wounding dozens.

Philippine security officials are linking the blast outside a shopping mall in Cotabato city in central Mindanao to two small militant groups that have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 03, 2019, with the headline 'Britain issues travel advisory for Mindanao after terror blast'. Print Edition | Subscribe