Skip to comments.Several dead after Al Qaeda-linked militants bomb cathedral in Philippines
Posted on 04/15/2010 6:22:53 AM PDT by Petrosius
.- 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 judges 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 cathedrals 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.
ROP strikes again.
Mecca, your turn is coming.
Going after kids again...sick.
Is there a common root of "Basilan" and "Beslan?"
Obama just condemned the attack in the Phillipines.....Good for him. He has learned from his Israel mistake.
Oh, sorry. I just had a massive gas attack. My bad.
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.
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.
When is enough, enough?
No time to be turning the other cheek to these monsters.
Soon, and very soon........................
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).
This business will only be resolved by killing a LOT of mohammedans.
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time for them to blow up some mosques. The secondary explosions ought to be spectacular.
That just wrongggg
“Mecca, your turn is coming.”
Let’s hope it is BEFORE and not after, the Christian magnificence of say Chartres, Cologne, Reims, And Florence lay in ruins....