| Philippines: Muslims murder 20, injure 111 with bombs in cathedral during Sunday Mass
| Sunday, January 27, 2019
Jihad Watch : A glimpse into the future of Europe and the United States. “20 Dead as Bombs Target Sunday Mass in Philippine Cathedral,” Associated Press, January 27, 2019:
Jolo, Philippines (AP) — Two bombs minutes apart tore
through a Roman Catholic cathedral on a southern Philippine island where
Muslim militants are active, killing at least 20 people and wounding
111 others during a Sunday Mass, officials said. Witnesses said the first blast inside the Jolo cathedral in the
provincial capital sent churchgoers, some of them wounded, to stampede
out of the main door. Army troops and police posted outside were rushing
in when the second bomb went off about one minute later near the main
entrance, causing more deaths and injuries.
The military was checking a
report that the second explosive device may have been attached to a
parked motorcycle. The initial explosion scattered the wooden pews inside the main hall
and blasted window glass panels, and the second bomb hurled human
remains and debris across a town square fronting the Cathedral of Our
Lady of Mount Carmel, witnesses said. Cellphone signal was cut off in
the first hours after the attack. The witnesses who spoke to The
Associated Press refused to give their names or were busy at the scene
of the blasts.
Police said at least 20 people died and 111 were wounded, correcting
an earlier toll due to double counting. The fatalities included 15
civilians and five troops. Among the wounded were 17 troops, two police,
two coast guard and 90 civilians…. Jolo island has long been troubled by the presence of Abu Sayyaf
militants, who are blacklisted by the United States and the Philippines
as a terrorist organization because of years of bombings, kidnappings
and beheadings. A Catholic bishop, Benjamin de Jesus, was gunned down by
suspected militants outside the cathedral in 1997.
No one has immediately claimed responsibility for the latest attack. It came nearly a week after minority Muslims in the predominantly
Roman Catholic nation endorsed a new autonomous region in the southern
Philippines in hopes of ending nearly five decades of a separatist
rebellion that has left 150,000 people dead. Although most of the Muslim
areas approved the autonomy deal, voters in Sulu province, where Jolo
is located, rejected it. The province is home to a rival rebel faction
that’s opposed to the deal as well as smaller militant cells that not
part of any peace process….
Aside from the small but brutal Abu Sayyaf group, other militant
groups in Sulu include a small band of young jihadis aligned with the
Islamic State group, which has also carried out assaults, including
ransom kidnappings and beheadings.
Abu Sayyaf militants are still holding at least five hostages — a
Dutch national, two Malaysians, an Indonesian and a Filipino — in their
jungle bases mostly near Sulu’s Patikul town, not far from Jolo.
|posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 9:00 PM