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:
- May 2017 – At least 85 killed in a week as Islamists, including Abu Sayyaf, fight to take over Marawi
- June 2016 – Beheads Canadian hostage Robert Hall after repeatedly threatening to do so
- July 2014 – Kidnaps four social workers in the so-called Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao
- Fall 2011 – Kidnaps two Americans and their Filipino cousin
Prior to ISIS’ formation Abu Sayyaf pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda.