Nine women suspected of being suicide bombers have been detained in the Philippines, according to media group ABS-CBN.
It is noted that the arrests took place on February 19 in three different areas of the province of Sulu. It was established that all women are associated with the leaders and members of the Abu Sayyaf group (swore allegiance to the terrorist organization Islamic State banned in the Russian Federation). And some of them are relatives of the organizer of the explosion in one of the churches in Sulu in January 2019, where 22 people died and more than 100 were injured.
Components for making improvised explosive devices were reportedly confiscated from the detainees. They will be charged with illegal possession of explosives.