Sunday, 27 January 2019

Bombing In Philippines Leaves 20 Dead And 81 Wounded

According to report from police, the multiple bombing of the cathedral on a southern Philippine island has left 20 people dead. This number seem to be correct now, as it is lower than an earlier announced toll that police has said was incorrect due to double counting.

Police also said that another 81 people have been wounded in the blast. The fatalities include 15 civilians and five troops. Among the wounded are 14 troops, two police officers and 65 civilians.

Security officials also reported that the first bomb went off in or near the Jolo Cathedral during Sunday Mass, followed by a second blast outside the compound as government forces were responding to the attack.

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 bombings, kidnappings and beheadings. 

Givemereport will keep ears open for more updates about this matter.

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