France, Russia, UK condemn Jolo bombings

Published August 26, 2020, 10:00 AM

by Noreen Jazul & Roy C. Mabasa

The French, Russian, and British governments have “strongly condemned” the twin bomb attacks in Jolo, Sulu which left 15 people dead and more than 70 injured. 

Soldiers stretcher away a comrade after an improvised bomb exploded next to a military vehicle in the town of Jolo on Sulu island on August 24, 2020. (Photo by Nickee BUTLANGAN / AFP / MANILA BULLETIN)

“France condemns in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attacks that killed at least 15 people and injured dozens in Jolo, in the southern Philippines, according to initial estimates,” the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs said in a statement Wednesday.

France also offered its condolences to the families of the victims of the terrorist attack and wished for the speedy recovery of those injured.

“[France] stands shoulder to shoulder with the Philippines in the fight against terrorism,” the French ministry added,

The Russian Embassy in Manila also joined the international community in condemning what it called the “horrible terror attack” in Jolo as it expects those behind the twin blasts to be meted with punishment.

“I strongly condemn the horrible terror attack that occurred in Jolo, Sulu, and express my heartfelt sympathy to the injured and their families. I expect that the perpetrators of this crime will sustain the punishment they deserve,” Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev said in a statement posted on Twitter. 

British Ambassador to Manila Daniel Pruce sent his message of sympathy and thoughts to the loved ones of the innocent victims of the terror attacks.

“The UK condemns all acts of terrorism,” the British diplomat said in his social media post.