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Church Bloodshed in Islamist Stronghold

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Soldiers man a check point as the military heightened its security in Cotabato City, Mindanao island on July 9, 2009, days after a bomb exploded in front of a church. (Photo: MARK NAVALES / AFP / Getty Images)
Not the first church attack in the region: Soldiers man a check point as the military heightened its security in Cotabato City, Mindanao island on July 9, 2009, days after a bomb exploded in front of a church. (Photo: MARK NAVALES / AFP / Getty Images)

Clarion reports on the latest church bloodshed as bombs rip through a Sunday service.

Bombs killed at least 27 and injured 77 during a church service in the Philippines January 27. The twin blasts occurred at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Sulu Province, a stronghold of the Islamist Abu Sayyaf terror organization.

In the moments after the blasts, regional governor Mujiv Hataman said Abu Sayyaf is the only group capable of this type of attack, adding “this is 99 percent the handiwork of terrorists.”

 

 

Abu Sayyaf, which supports ISIS, has been terrorizing the southern Philippines for some time:

Prior to ISIS’ formation Abu Sayyaf pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda.

 

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