Bomb attacks at church in Philippines: 19 killed ,50 injured

Jan27 : Two bombs exploded outside a Roman Catholic cathedral on a southern Philippine island killing at least 19 people and wounding nearly 50 during a Sunday Mass.

The first bomb went off in or near the Jolo cathedral in the provincial capital, followed by a second blast outside the compound as government forces were responding to the attack, security officials said.

Jolo island is a stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf militant group.

“I have directed our troops to heighten their alert level, secure all places of worships and public places at once, and initiate pro-active security measures to thwart hostile plans,” said Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana in a statement.

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