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”.
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