Skip to comments.Bomb Blast Near South Philippine Cathedral Kills 5 [12 Hours Ago]
Posted on 07/05/2009 4:56:43 PM PDT by Son House
Suspected Muslim guerrillas detonated a bomb near a Roman Catholic cathedral in the southern Philippines on Sunday, killing at least five people and wounding 46.
The bomb exploded outside the Immaculate Conception cathedral in Cotabato city as churchgoers were attending Mass. Two people were killed instantly in the attack and three others, including a militiaman, later died in hospitals, military officials said.
Among the wounded were six soldiers and militiamen who were in an army van that passed by the cathedral when the device, fashioned from a mortar round, exploded, Cotabato city Mayor Muslimin Sema said.
The improvised explosive, which was set off remotely by mobile phone, was hidden near a row of food stalls selling roasted pig, Maj. Gen. Alfredo Cayton said. Police arrested one man seen using a phone during the explosion. He was carrying three identification cards with different names, Sema said.
Cotabato city, about 545 miles (880 kilometers) south of Manila, has been hit previously by deadly bombings blamed on Muslim rebels and extortion gangs.
A bomb exploded at a Cotabato city bus terminal in February, wounding two people. A 2007 bomb blast at another terminal killed a child and wounded 36 people.
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ROP Worldwide strikes again
City police chief Superintendent Willie Dangane said no one had claimed responsibility for the attack but confirmed that the suspected bomber was arrested as he tried to bring another device into the church.
Regional military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Ponce was quick to blame the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) for the blast.
The special operations group of the MILF is behind this, Ponce said, adding that the MILF had carried out similar attacks in recent weeks.
He said a bomb also allegedly planted by MILF rebels exploded in the nearby town of Datu Piang late Saturday, wounding three people.
They are getting desperate because of the military operations, Ponce said, stressing that the attacks were apparently meant to divert military attention.
The military said it had received intelligence reports earlier indicating that the MILF was to carry out bomb attacks in major cities in Mindanao, the main southern island where they have been fighting for an independent Islamic state for the past three decades
The 12,000-strong MILF broke a five-year-old ceasefire in August 2008, launching deadly attacks across several towns and provinces in Mindanao after a court rejected a proposed deal with the government that would have given them control over vast lands they considered as their ancestral domain.
The fighting that followed left nearly 300 civilians and combatants dead, while more than half a million were displaced.
Many have returned to their homes even as sporadic clashes have persisted. But the government says more than 300,000 evacuees still live in various camps in Mindanao.
Where is the modern day King Richard? The ROP, is a religion of hate!
When I first read the headline I thought, "Oh, crap. What are those crazy Tea Partiers up to now?"
Islam’s war against civilization continues.
From very early this morning. Glad to see folks aren’t as apathetic as it appeared from the first thread. Might have just been way too early.
Bomb Blast Near South Philippine Cathedral Kills 3 [Time For the West To Halt Muslim Immigration]
I seem to remember a lot of Turks when living in Germany.
Curse you!!! Curse you you Amish fiends with your Horse drawn IEDs and Bombs made out of Cow farts that contribute to glo-bull warming!!! Curse you all to heck you Amish interlopers!!!
Anywhere muslims appear, violence, death, destruction, and desolation follows. Wingless crickets. No reason on earth for them to exist. All they do is destruction. When they have killed everything else in sight, they turn on each other.
No matter where we look it is the same problem.