At least three people died and others nine were injured this Sunday, according to provisional data from the Police, following a burst occurred during a Catholic mass in Marawiin the south of Philippines.
The explosion, whose authorship is unknown, occurred in a Mindanao University Gymnasium where a religious event was being held, attended by dozens of people.
“We are investigating whether it is an improvised explosive device or the throwing of a grenade,” said the regional police chief, Allan Nobleza.
The University of Mindanao is “deeply saddened and shocked by the act of violence that occurred during a religious gathering,” the institution said in a statement released in Facebook.
“We unequivocally and in the strongest possible terms condemn this horrible and senseless act“, stressed the educational entity when announcing the suspension of classes until further notice.
“We are working closely with local government units and law enforcement authorities to investigate this incident. and bring the perpetrators to justice,” the university said.
Images released on Facebook by the provincial government of South Lanao showed the governor Mamintal Adiong visiting the “wounded victims” of the attack at a medical center.
This incident comes after the Philippine Army launched an airstrike on Friday that killed 11 Islamist militants of the organization Dawlah Islamiyah-Philippines in Mindanao.
In 2017, Marawi was the scene of a bloody confrontation as a result of jihadist groups related to Islamic State (IS) partially took over the city on May 23, where they entered with IS flags and standards.
For five months, the Philippine Army He fought street by street with the extremists until he managed to liberate the city, in a battle where more than 1200 people -978 jihadists, 168 soldiers and 87 civilians.
With nearly 20 percent of muslim populationthe southern island of Mindanao has been the scene of conflicts between the Government and various extremist groups for decades, including the jihadist organization Abu Sayaf and the Maute Group, both attached to the IS.
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