Four dead and 42 injured were the toll from an explosion that occurred during a Catholic mass in Philippines. Local authorities reported this to the BBC. The attack occurred this morning in a gymnasium at the Mindanao State University, in the city of Marawi. In 2017, the city was the scene of a five-month battle between government forces and Islamic State-linked militants.
The university’s management said it was “deeply saddened and appalled” by the “senseless and horrific” violence, a violence – it declared – “that has no place in a civilized society, and is particularly repugnant in an institution of higher education such as this “, he added. She then expressed solidarity “with our Christian community and with all the people affected by this tragedy”. Additional security personnel have been deployed on campus and all academic activities will remain suspended until further notice.
Marcos: ‘The bomb was the work of foreign terrorists’
The President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., condemned the “senseless” bomb attack during a Catholic mass at a university in Marawi that left at least 4 dead and 42 injured, and attributed it to “foreign terrorists”. “I condemn in the strongest possible terms the senseless and heinous acts perpetrated by foreign terrorists at Mindanao State University and communities in Marawi early this Sunday morning,” President Marcos said in a statement.