A suspected suicide bomber was killed in a bombing near a military unit in the south of the Philippines, the military said, but no other casualties were reported, according to Reuters.
If confirmed, it would be the fourth suicide attack in the southern Philippines in 14 months, raising fears about the depth of the militants’ influence in the south.
Troops guarding the unit in Sulu province alerted soldiers to take cover when they saw a woman in suspicious-looking clothes acting strangely and the explosion occurred moments later, the military said.
The commander of the task force in the region, Major-General Corlito Venloan, said in a statement that had the guards not acted, the attack would have caused a large number of casualties.
No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack but the military suspects the Abu Sayyaf militant group is responsible.