Terrible Twin Blast Hits Jolo Cathedral, Leaving Scores Dead And Many Injured.
The Islamic State have claimed responsibility for the twin bomb blast that rocked Jolo Cathedral. The blast happened during mass and left no fewer than 20 persons dead, with scores injured.
This is one of the deadliest attacks in recent times in a region highly plagued with instability.
The blast which happened simultaneously had the first inside the Cathedral. While the second happened outside the Cathedral as security forces and other rescuers rushed to the scene.
Pope Francis Condemns Attack
Pope Francis has condemned the attack on Jolo cathedral while he was at the Panama hospice attending to AIDS sufferers.
The Pope said ” violence causes more mourning in the Christian community ”
He said ” i pray for the dead and the injured. May the Lord, Prince of Peace, convert the hearts of the violent ones,”
Who Are Those Behind This Dastardly Act
The notorious militant group, Abu Sayyaf, whom have pledged allegiance to Islamic State have claimed responsibility for the attack. The militant have carried out series of bombings and brutality.
The blast may have been carried out as a result of a referendum on autonomy for the mainly Muslim region returning an overwhelming ”yes” vote.
The Spokesman for the President, Salvador Panelo has assured that the attackers would be destroyed.
” The enemies of the state have boldly challenged the capability of the government to secure the safety of the citizenry in that region,” Mr Salvador said. ” The armed forces of the Philippines will rise to the challenge and crush these godless criminals.”
Delfin Lorenzana, the Defense Secretary, called the attack a ”dastardly act.” He urged the people to co-operate and ”deny terrorism any victory.”
The attack not only killed civilians but took the lives of five soldiers who were caught in the second blast.