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Explosions in the Philippines: at Least 21 Dead

By two explosions in and outside of a Catholic Church in the southern Philippines have been killed on Sunday during a Church service at least 21 people. Another 71 people were injured, such as the Philippines, told Philippine police.

The first Explosion had occurred during a mass Inside the Cathedral in the town of Jolo in the province Sulu. The second Explosion was in a Parking lot in front of the Church, as the security forces had arrived, said regional military spokesman Gerry Besana.

"Islamic state" wants it to be

have been hours later, the terrorist militia Islamic state (IS) claimed the double stop. According to the Monitoring of Islamist Websites specialized US companies Site the IS announced on Sunday, two suicide bombers have blown themselves up in the Church and the Parking lot in the air.

The Sunni fanatics from the so-called Islamic state has fallen for some time, to be recorded in the name of Allah all sorts of attacks on your account. Among the dead, according to local police, 14 civilians and seven soldiers.

Jolo is located about 1000 km South of the capital Manila. The chief of the national police, Oscar Albayalde, said that among the Victims were soldiers. "We do not know whether the death toll is still rising," he told the Manila radio station DZMM.

strengthening of security measures

Minister of defence, Delfin Lorenzana, condemned the attack and stressed that the perpetrators would be hunted. All the churches and public places would be secured, to thwart potential attacks.

it was Unclear whether the attack could be linked to the outcome of a referendum in the southern Region of Mindanao. On Friday, the election Commission had announced that the formation of a new Muslim Autonomous entity, the Region, Bangsamoro, agreed.

the law for The creation of this Region was a key provision in a peace agreement between the Philippine government and the largest Muslim rebel group, the Moro Islamic liberation front, the year 2014 had been closed.

On the Catholic-dominated Philippines, the Muslims, with their proportion of the population of less than ten percent are a minority. They have accused the government several times in the past neglect.


Created: 27.01.2019, 22:30 PM

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