By G9ija

At least nine people were killed and 17 others wounded in twin blasts in Sulu province in the southern Philippines on Monday, the military and police said.

In an initial report, the military said the first explosion occurred around 12.00 noon in front of a grocery store along a busy street in Jolo, the capital of Sulu province.

About one hour after the first blast, a second explosion rocked a church at 1.00 p.m., about 70 meters away from the first blast scene.