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Philippines: Zambianga mosque hit by deadly grenade attack Philippine News



At least two people were killed and four others were injured in a grenade attack on a mosque in southern Philippines, local authorities say. on Wednesday, just days after lethal blasts in Yolo's Roman Catholic cathedral, and supporting wider Muslim self-government in Mindanao, the vanguard's southern edge.

injuring four more people, said regional military lieutenant Lieutenant Colonel Gery Bessana for the Zambonga bombing.

In a statement, President Speaker Rodrigo Durre, Salvador Panela, said the attackers "annoyed" the government in

"Terrorism has once again erected the barbaric and ugly head," Panellus said.

According to reports, the victims were sleeping in the mosque during the attack, causing immediate condemnation by local

"There is no such blasphemy murder, it is the highest form of cowardice and indecision to attack people who are in prayer," said regional leader Mudjiv Hathaman.

The Council of Ulamas on the Zambongan Peninsula condemned what he calls "devilish, irrational and inhuman act" and called on people to be vigilant

There is no immediate responsibility for responsibility

] The military called for unity among the Mindanao communities and urged the public to refrain from speculation on social media that could spread disinformation

Regional Labor Commander Colonel Leonel Nicholas stressed that incidents It was not a "repressive act" of the bombing of the church three days earlier: Virgin Mary from Mount Carmel in Yolo, Sulau province, killed at least 21 people and injured more than 100.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group (ISIL, known as ISIS) took charge of the cathedral blast, one of the worst cases of violence in the Philippines "south"

President Rodrigo Dutte blames Abu Sayyaf, a local armed group that has promised loyalty to Isil and has carried out bombing, kidnapping and beheadings in Mindanao for not the bombing of the church.

Rescue staff working to revive a victim after a grenade attack [Zamboanga Quick Response System/via Reuters]

"No one but anyone can establish this kind of terrorism in this area," he said this week during his visit to the region.

The incidents followed a successful and calm referendum on Jan. 21, which predominantly approved the autonomy of about five million inhabitants of predominantly Muslim parts of Mindanao. after a decade-long separatist struggle that killed at least 120,000 people.

Muslims are a minority in the predominantly Catholic Philippines and represent about a quarter of the population of the Mindanao area. and the autonomy plan to tackle chronic poverty, backwardness and violence is largely supported by Filipinos across the country

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