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Philippines: Bomb attacks on churches

January 28, 2019

Over the weekend two bombs were detonated at a Roman Catholic cathedral in southern Philippines killing 20 people and injuring dozens more.

The so called Islamic State (IS) group said it was behind the attack on Jolo island, where jihadist groups are active. The first explosion happened as Mass was being celebrated. A second device exploded outside as soldiers responded.

The attack came days after a majority-Muslim area in the region voted for greater autonomy in a referendum. A statement from IS said the attack was carried out by “two knights of martyrdom” against a “crusader temple”.

Calling the attack a “dastardly act”, Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana urged the local population to work with the authorities to “deny terrorism any victory”.

Source: BBC

Pray now…

  • For peace in this region of the Philippines and for Christians to know God’s love and protection
  • For the authorities to protect the Christian population and stand up against extremism
  • For all those injured and the families of those that have been killed to know God’s healing and peace

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