During mass in Marawi – the largest Muslim city in the Philippines – a bomb exploded, killing four people. The military representative emphasized that it was a terrorist attack, while the police chief suggested that the attack could have been revenge. Ultimately, the Islamic State took responsibility for Sunday’s attack, Reuters reported.
The Islamic State reported on its Telegram channel that members of the organization detonated the device during a Catholic mass held at the university in Marawi – the largest Muslim city in the Philippines, located 800 kilometers south of the country’s capital, Manila.
A homemade bomb exploded during mass in the gymnasium. A strong explosion killed four people – three women and a man, and 50 were injured.
More than 90 percent of Filipinos are Christians. The Muslim minority of several percent, consisting mainly of Sunnis, lives mainly on the islands located in the south of the country.
Marawi, the largest Muslim city in the Philippines, is located on the island of Mindanao, about 800 kilometers south of the capital, Manila. The day before, the island an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 also struck.
The local police chief said earlier that the attack may have been revenge by Islamists for a recent military operation in neighboring Maguindanao province, during which the army killed 11 fighters associated with armed Islamic groups.
General of the Philippine Army Gabriel Viray stated that “it was a terrorist attack, most likely carried out by Islamists.” The provincial governor condemned the “brutal bomb incident.”
President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr., also known as Bongbong Marcos, “condemned the senseless and heinous acts committed by terrorists at the Mindanao State University.”
– Extremists who use violence against innocents will always be considered enemies of our society, he stressed. – You can be sure that we will bring the perpetrators of this ruthless act to justice – he told the public.
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