At least three people have been killed and nine injured in an explosion that hit a Catholic Church in Southern Philippines during mass on Sunday morning, authorities have confirmed.
According to the Regional Police Director, Brigadier General Allan Nobleza, the incident occurred at the gymnasium of Mindanao State University in Marawi, the country’s largest Muslim city.
“On 3rd December, an explosion took place during a Catholic Mass at Mindanao State University in Marawi, southern Philippines. As per reports, three people died, and at least nine were injured in the incident,” Nobleza said in a statement.
The Police Director said that the law enforcement agencies are investigating the incident with agencies considering possible angles of revenge by pro-Islamic State terrorists.
The Mindanao University said in a statement that it was deeply saddened and appalled by the senseless and horrific violence.
“Violence has no place in a civilized society, and it is particularly abhorrent in an institution of higher learning like MSU.
“We stand in solidarity with our Christian community and all those affected by this tragedy,” the statement said, adding that additional security staff had been deployed on its campus and that all academic activities would be suspended until further notice.
The area where the incident occurred has been a stiff battle ground between government forces and militants backed by the Islamic State especially in 2017 when the city witnessed five months of intensive clashes.
Join the conversation
Support Ripples Nigeria, hold up solutions journalism
Balanced, fearless journalism driven by data comes at huge financial costs.
As a media platform, we hold leadership accountable and will not trade the right to press freedom and free speech for a piece of cake.
If you like what we do, and are ready to uphold solutions journalism, kindly donate to the Ripples Nigeria cause.
Your support would help to ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for societal development.
ICYMI…SPECIAL REPORT: NNPCL hides behind PIA to frustrate disclosure, accountability
Nigeria’s major oil company, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPCL), in what appears to be a common practice of disregard...
INVESTIGATION: Multi-million naira Ekiti resort center remains uncompleted a decade after
The multimillion-naira project, expected to comprise recreational buildings, now consists of cassava farmland, a bush used for excretion, and a...
SPECIAL REPORT: Torturous experiences of students with disabilities in Oyo tertiary institutions
For students with disabilities in Oyo state-owned tertiary institutions, learning is a torturous and distressing experience, considering the building structures...
INVESTIGATION: Uncompleted Old Enugu-Onitsha Road brings untold hardship, tears to commuters, residents of Enugu communities
Ugwu Obinna’s younger sister was killed after a truck driver transporting cows rammed into her shop located at the Okpatu...
INVESTIGATION: Students sit on floors, under leaking roofs as multi-million naira project is nowhere to be found in Zamfara
Suleman Tukur, 15, an SS 2 student of Government Day Secondary School (GDSS) Bakura in Bakura local government area of...