MANILA (Reuters) – A twin-bomb assault throughout a church service in the southern Philippines killed at least seven folks and wounded 35, a navy official stated, days after a predominantly Muslim space in the area voted “yes” in a referendum for larger autonomy.
The first blast killed two civilians and wounded 20 different churchgoers contained in the Jolo Cathedral in Sulu province, whereas a second blast killed 5 troopers in the parking zone of the church, stated Colonel Gerry Besana, spokesman of the navy’s Western Mindanao Command.
The second explosive machine was detonated because the troopers responded to the preliminary assault contained in the church, and 15 different members of the safety forces had been wounded, Besana stated.
The authorities’s plan to create a self-administered space for the Muslim-dominated components of Mindanao was backed by 85 p.c of voters in a referendum final Monday, paving the way in which for a three-year transition towards elections for a legislature that can select an government.
Reporting by Enrico dela Cruz