The Islamic State is claiming responsibility for two bombs that went off at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in southern Philippines on Sunday. The first bomb went off during Sunday morning Mass. The second went off outside of the cathedral as government agencies attempted to respond. As of now, 20 are dead and 81 are wounded, CBS News reported. . .
“The manner and timing of the bombing suggests that it was meant to sow terror in order to affect the course of peace efforts,” Rep. Ruffy Biazon, senior vice chairman of a House of Representatives committee on national security, told the Wall Street Journal. The attack “is a direct challenge to the efforts that the government is pushing for to achieve peace in the southern Philippines.”
Let us pray for the victims of the terrorist attack on the Cathedral of Jolo, in the Philippines. May the Lord, Prince of Peace, convert the hearts of the violent, and grant the inhabitants of that region a peaceful coexistence.
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) January 27, 2019
We condemn the terrorist attack against Jolo Catholic Cathedral in S. Philippines. One bomb exploded inside the Cathedral during Sunday mass & 2nd bomb went off outside. 20 people dead & over 80 injured. Philippines Govt. must do more to protect citizens from Islamist terrorists. pic.twitter.com/BjJ6UJ7vxo
— Iraqi Christian HRC (@iraqschristians) January 27, 2019
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) January 27, 2019
#UPDATE Death toll from twin church blasts in southern #Philippines lowered from 27 to 20, according to local police citing double counting as the reason for the earlier incorrect figure https://t.co/drA2NivUU4 pic.twitter.com/oseNJZcGpU
— CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) January 27, 2019
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