Jan 28, 2019 by Dick

Devastating Bombs In Philippine Cathedral Kill 20 People

Two devastating bombs tore through a Roman Catholic cathedral on a Philippine island that is known to have Muslim militants. The bombs killed at least 20 people and wounded 111 during a Sunday Mass, reported CBN News

The first bomb inside the Jolo sent the churchgoers to stampede out of the main doors.  When the military troops came rushing in, the second bomb went off and caused more deaths and wounding more people. Police reported that the explosive device may have been linked to a motorcycle that was parked outside.

The fatalities included 15 civilians and five troops

The first explosion almost destroyed all the wooden pews and blasted the glass windows. The fatalities included 15 civilians and five troops. Among the wounded were 17 troops, two police, two coast guard and 90 civilians.

“I have directed our troops to heighten their alert level, secure all places of worships and public places at once, and initiate pro-active security measures to thwart hostile plans,” said Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana in a statement.

“We will pursue to the ends of the earth the ruthless perpetrators behind this dastardly crime until every killer is brought to justice and put behind bars. The law will give them no mercy,” the office of President Rodrigo Duterte said in Manila.

It said that “the enemies of the state boldly challenged the government’s capability to secure the safety of citizens in that region. The (Armed Forces of the Philippines) will rise to the challenge and crush these godless criminals.”

Abu Sayyaf militants have long been active on the Jolo island. They are blacklisted by the United States and the Philippines as a terrorist organization because of years of bombings, kidnappings, and beheadings. 

“This bomb attack was done in a place of peace and worship, and it comes at a time when we are preparing for another stage of the peace process in Mindanao,” said Gov. Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. “Human lives are irreplaceable,” he added, calling on Jolo residents to cooperate with authorities to find the perpetrators of this “atrocity.”

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