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20 people killed, scores injured in Philippines Church blasts

20 people killed, scores injured in Philippines Church blasts

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Jan 27, 2019 - 16:47

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): At least 20 people were killed and 81 others injured in twin blasts in Catholic cathedral on a southern Philippine island on Sunday, according to a media report.

The first blast occurred inside the Catholic church on war-torn Jolo on Sunday morning as Mass was being celebrated, and was followed by a second explosion in the parking lot as troops responded, regional military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Gerry Besana told AFP.

Witnesses said the first blast inside the Jolo cathedral sent churchgoers, some of them wounded, to stampede out of the main door, according to Dawn.

Army troops and police posted outside were rushing in when the second bomb went off about one minute later near the main entrance, causing more deaths and injuries.

The military was checking a report that the second explosive device may have been attached to a parked motorcycle.

Photos issued by the regional police showed debris scattered near the church's entrance and a damaged military truck with a broken windshield.

"The motive is surely ... terrorism. These are people who do not want peace," Besana said.

"We will use the full force of the law to bring to justice the perpetrators behind this incident," Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in a statement.

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