27 Christian worshipers murdered by Muslim terrorists in twin bomb blast at Philippines cathedral

Muslim terrorists detonated two huge bombs at a Roman Catholic cathedral in the Mindanao region of the southern Philippines, murdering at least 27 people and wounding nearly 80 during a Sunday Mass.

The first explosion went off inside the cathedral in Jolo, on the island province of Sulu, and was followed by a second blast in the car park outside, killing security forces and Christian worshipers.

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“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.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the bombings, the terror group’s Amaq news agency said Sunday, hours after the attack.

Jolo is a stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf terror group, which has a reputation for bombings and brutality, and for having pledged allegiance to ISIS.

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It followed Friday’s announcement that the region, a mainly Muslim part of the predominantly Christian Philippines, had approved a plan to govern itself by 2022, boosting hopes for peace in one of Asia’s poorest and most conflict-torn regions.

Monday’s referendum saw 85 percent of voters back the creation of an autonomous area called Bangsamoro. Although Sulu was among only a few areas that rejected autonomy, it will still be part of the new entity.

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