Manila, July 31:Ten people were killed when a powerful car bomb exploded in the Philippines island of Basilan early on Tuesday. The military said the attack might be linked to the Abu Sayyaf group.
The province is a known stronghold of the militant group Abu Sayyaf whose leaders have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.
Earlier the military had put the number of deaths at six in the attack that took place at 5.50 a.m. when a white van was detonated at a military checkpoint in Colonia village in Lamitan City.
The dead includes a soldier, five militia men and four civilians .
The Philippine military has urged the public to be on alert and stay vigilant following attempts by pro-ISIS militants to bomb civilian targets in the restive southern region.