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Several dead after Al Qaeda-linked militants bomb cathedral in Philippines
Catholic News Agency ^ | Apr 15, 2010

Posted on 04/15/2010 6:22:53 AM PDT by Petrosius

Manila, Philippines, Apr 15, 2010 / 03:01 am (CNA).- Abu Sayyaf militants conducted a bombing assault on Isabela City in the Philippines on Tuesday morning, killing several people and severely damaging the Cathedral of St. Isabel. The local bishop said the cathedral was “totally” damaged.

At least 25 militants with the Al Qaeda-linked group, dressed in police and camouflaged military uniforms, set off two bombs that blew up a van and damaged the 40-year-old cathedral. A third bomb placed near a judge’s house and a bus terminal was safely detonated by soldiers.

It was the worst attack by the group in months, Agence France Presse reports. The attacks started gun battles around the city as militants targeted helpless civilians.

City mayor Cherry Akbar initially told reporters that at least 15 people were killed in the violence, including five militants who apparently died in the first blast. The dead also included three Philippine Marines, a policeman and six civilians. The death toll was later revised downward to 14.

One of the dead was identified as a brother of Furuju Indama, a top Abu Sayyaf leader on the island of Basil.

Catholics are a minority in Basilan province. Responding to the attacks, Bishop Martin S. Jumoad of the Prelature of Isabela said the cathedral was “totally damaged” because its posts were weakened by the blast, CBCP News says.

“I am very, very sad the House of the Lord has been destroyed,” he added.

The 53-year-old prelate said he does not know how to rebuild the cathedral, constructed in 1970 with a capacity for 1,400 worshipers.

Philippines authorities said policemen and two Marine personnel responded to the first explosion at 9:30 a.m. at the Grandstand near the Basilan National High School but were fired upon by armed men.

A second explosion took place at about 10:30 a.m. in the vicinity of the cathedral and the city plaza. The improvised explosive device was placed in a motorcycle.

The blasts shattered the cathedral’s stained glass windows and damaged the priests’ rectory. Several priests’ service vehicles were also destroyed.

Regional military chief Lieutenant General Ben Dolorfino said military intelligence had received reports of an impending attack, but not its details, AFP says.

"They were planning something big. This was well planned and apparently they were well funded."

Authorities suspect that politicians who hired mercenaries may have been behind the attacks.

“There were indications that the Abu Sayyaf was being used to sow violence, it was not pure terrorism,” said Senior Supt. Antonio Mendoza, Basilan police chief.


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: abusayyaf; alqaeda; alqaida; bombing; cathedral; cathedralofstisabel; christianpersecution; church; globaljihad; philippines; religionofpeace; rop

1 posted on 04/15/2010 6:22:53 AM PDT by Petrosius
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To: Petrosius

ROP strikes again.


2 posted on 04/15/2010 6:24:23 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: Petrosius

Mecca, your turn is coming.


3 posted on 04/15/2010 6:24:38 AM PDT by Redleg Duke (RAT Hunting Season started the evening of March 21st, 2010!)
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To: Petrosius
" first explosion at 9:30 a.m. at the Grandstand near the Basilan National High School "

Going after kids again...sick.

Is there a common root of "Basilan" and "Beslan?"

4 posted on 04/15/2010 6:27:12 AM PDT by cookcounty ("When they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun," --"Brawls for Radicals" --by Barack Alinsky)
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To: Petrosius

Obama just condemned the attack in the Phillipines.....Good for him. He has learned from his Israel mistake.
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Oh, sorry. I just had a massive gas attack. My bad.


5 posted on 04/15/2010 6:30:28 AM PDT by gathersnomoss (General George Patton had it right.)
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To: AlexW; Berosus; buwaya; knarf

PI Ping


6 posted on 04/15/2010 6:33:17 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Iran should have ceased to exist Nov 5, 1979, but we had no president then either.)
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To: Redleg Duke
"Mecca, your turn is coming"

Not as long as Barak HUSSEIN Obama is President it's not.
"Whether you like it or not, America remains a military superpower.."
President Obama speaking these treasonous words to his own nation.

7 posted on 04/15/2010 6:38:33 AM PDT by jiminycricket000
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To: Petrosius

Al Qaeda is extremely dangerous because one never knows where they will strike next.

Al Qaeda needs to be completely destroyed. Then the Taliban. Take no prisoners, just kill the sons of bitches.


8 posted on 04/15/2010 6:44:19 AM PDT by Ev Reeman
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To: Petrosius
ROP bombing of Catholic Churches in the Philipines, burning down Eastern Orthodox Churches in Kosovo.

When is enough, enough?

No time to be turning the other cheek to these monsters.

9 posted on 04/15/2010 6:47:03 AM PDT by gitmogrunt
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To: Petrosius

Soon, and very soon........................


10 posted on 04/15/2010 6:49:20 AM PDT by Red Badger (Education makes people easy to lead, difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.)
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To: jiminycricket000

Obama’s Day at the Ballot Box is coming, also.


11 posted on 04/15/2010 6:54:28 AM PDT by Redleg Duke (RAT Hunting Season started the evening of March 21st, 2010!)
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To: Petrosius

How sad.


12 posted on 04/15/2010 7:00:08 AM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: Redleg Duke
"Obama’s Day at the Ballot Box is coming, also."

Obama knows he's a one term President, that's why he didn't care about shoving his socialist "health care" down the throats of Americans. He will leave office accomplishing exactly what he wanted to do, bring the U.S. one giant step closer to socialism and the one world order. That's what's so frustrating about this guy, he's forever in love with his own image, what Americans think about him is irrelevent to him, (which is why he's so dangerous).

13 posted on 04/15/2010 7:23:20 AM PDT by jiminycricket000
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To: Petrosius

This business will only be resolved by killing a LOT of mohammedans.


14 posted on 04/15/2010 7:26:56 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; markomalley; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; ...

Police say extremists used army uniforms to pass unnoticed and plant the bombs that yesterday hit the cathedral of Saint Isabel and the building of the Ministry of Education. Among the victims of gun battles between soldiers and rebels also the brother of one of the leaders of the terrorist group linked to al-Qaeda. Basilan bishop urges people to pray for peace and asks for protection of military forces.

Catholic Ping
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15 posted on 04/15/2010 7:38:01 AM PDT by NYer ("Where Peter is, there is the Church." - St. Ambrose of Milan)
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To: Petrosius

time for them to blow up some mosques. The secondary explosions ought to be spectacular.


16 posted on 04/15/2010 8:32:02 AM PDT by zeugma (Waco taught me everything I needed to know about the character of the U.S. Government.)
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17 posted on 04/15/2010 8:40:41 AM PDT by Coleus (Abortion, Euthanasia & FOCA - - don't Obama and the Democrats just kill ya!)
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To: NYer

18 posted on 04/15/2010 8:45:58 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: NYer; monkapotamus; All

That just wrongggg


19 posted on 04/15/2010 10:36:14 AM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile")
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To: Redleg Duke

“Mecca, your turn is coming.”

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Let’s hope it is BEFORE and not after, the Christian magnificence of say Chartres, Cologne, Reims, And Florence lay in ruins....


20 posted on 04/15/2010 10:39:48 AM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: Redleg Duke

Karma baby!!!


21 posted on 04/15/2010 11:46:13 AM PDT by hstacey
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To: All

Good url for this article:

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/several_dead_after_al_qaeda-linked_militants_bomb_cathedral_in_philippines/


22 posted on 04/18/2010 1:04:47 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: Ev Reeman
Right. You don't sit back, watch a cancer metastasize, and do nothing.

You attack it with every weapon you have until it is gone.

23 posted on 04/22/2010 1:05:39 PM PDT by Deo volente (God willing, America will survive this Obamination.)
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