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Islamic State Claims Responsibility for Bombing in Philippines

At least four people were killed and at least 45 were injured Sunday in an explosion at a Mindanao State University gymnasium in southern Philippines. facebook.com
At least four people were killed and at least 45 were injured Sunday in an explosion at a Mindanao State University gymnasium in southern Philippines. facebook.com

The Islamic State terrorist group claimed responsibility for a fatal bombing during a Sunday Catholic service in the Philippines, resulting in the death of at least four individuals and injuring 45.

The explosive device, identified by the police as a 60 mm mortar round, detonated during a service in a gymnasium at Mindanao State University in Marawi.

Following the attack, security officials stated that police and military forces were placed on a heightened alert in the city as well as the capital Manila.

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. commented on the attack saying, “I condemn in the strongest possible terms the senseless and most heinous acts perpetrated by foreign terrorists upon the Mindanao State University.”

The country’s military chief, General Romeo Brawner, suggested that the bombing could be a retaliatory strike in response to recent actions against three Islamist militant groups Dawlah Islamiyah-Philippines, Abu Sayyaf, and Maute. These three terror organizations have formally pledged allegiance to ISIS in the past.

On Friday, the Philippine military announced a successful operation against Dawla Islamiyah, where they reported killing 11 fighters and capturing 13 after a three-hour operation.

Related Story: Pentagon Officials Warn of Islamic State Resurgence in 2023

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