at Least 18 people have lost their lives after two bombs Sunday detonated in front of a roman catholic cathedral in the Philippines.
the News agency AP writes that the death toll is 21, and that 71 people were injured.
The first bomb went of in or near a cathedral during a mass on the island of Jolo.
While security forces and police rushed to the spot, exploded another bomb in front of the cathedral.
at Least five of those killed were from the security force.
Authorities have not said anything about who is behind the attack, but on Sunday night, Islamic State (IS) has taken the blame, reports the intelligence community SITE, which monitors jihadists.
ICE has issued a statement in which it is claimed that two suicide bombers with bombebælter blew himself up in the church and in its parking lot on Jolo.
the Philippines is predominantly roman catholic.
It is less than a week ago, residents in the southern Philippines by an overwhelming majority voted in favour of increased autonomy in a region with predominantly muslim population.
More than 1.5 million out of a total of 2.8 million voters voted yes in the referendum on Monday.
Both the philippine government and muslim rebel leaders consider enhanced autonomy as the best solution to end the decades of unrest on the island of Mindanao, which lies about 500 kilometers north of Jolo.
the Unrest has since the 1970s cost the lives of around 150,000 people.
the Referendum is the culmination of several years of efforts from the government and the largest muslim rebel group to create peace.
the Bloodshed that islamist militantes siege of the city of Marawi in 2017, bomb blasts and armed attacks have threatened to derail the attempt.
But in July 2018 signed the Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, a long way, a law which involves the creation of a new region in Mindanao with the name Bangsamoro.
The new region will have greater financial autonomy and its own government, parliament and legal system.
the Agreement means that the rebel groups to abandon their goal of an independent state in exchange for expanded autonomy.
in Addition to their about 30,000 to 40,000 armed members to demobilise.