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Jolo Sulu Christmas Day bombing inside Catholic Church, 6 injured

By on Dec 25, 2010 in Asia Comments

Zamboanga, Philippines – A bomb exploded inside a Catholic Church during a Christmas day mass in Jolo, Sulu, and wounded six people and apparently including a six-year old girl and the officiating priest, at about 7:20 a.m. on Saturday, December 25, according to local news sites.

As Joint Task Force Comet Acting Commander Col. Romeo Tanalgo has told the news, the explosion came from an improvised explosive device on the ceiling of Sacred Heart Chapel in Barangay Asturias, Jolo, Sulu, at around 7:20 a.m., while a Christmas day mass is going on.

Local police officials revealed the names of the wounded to GMA News, but said that none among them were seriously injured.

They were Emma Tan, 29, Antonette Quinones, 30; Tama Indata, 33, Danny Chang, 50; and Risha Lancaros, 20; and Anna Marie Gerasul, 9 years old.

Meanwhile, the military said the incident took place despite the tight and strict securities with the area, and no suspicious-looking individual or group were seen before the explosion, but vowed to provide more security measures.

As of this writing, no terrorist group has admitted the bombing and no suspects have not yet been announced, while thorough investigation is going on.

President Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III or PNoy‘s spokesman, Edwin Lacierda and Gen. Ben Latag of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) have condemned the incident.

Jolo, Sulu, which is located in Southern Mindanao, is being known to have been among the nests of the local terrorist group Abu Sayyaf and apparently reported to be receiving good support al-Qaida, the widely known international terrorist group.

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