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Philippines vows to crush ‘terrorists’ after church blast

The Philippines vowed to destroy those behind twin bombings that killed 20 people during a Sunday church service in the country’s restive south, six days after a referendum on autonomy for the mainly Muslim region returned an overwhelming yes vote.

The attack wounded 81 and was one of the deadliest in recent years in a region long plagued by instability. It came amid hope and excitement about the ratification of a devolution plan that aims to bring development, jobs and peace to one of Asia’s poorest and most volatile places.

The Philippines vowed to destroy those behind twin bombings that killed 20 people during a Sunday church service in the country restive south, six days after a referendum on autonomy for the mainly Muslim region returned an overwhelming yes vote.

The attack wounded 81 and was one of the deadliest in recent years in a region long plagued by instability. It came amid hope and excitement about the ratification of a devolution plan that aims to bring development, jobs and peace to one of Asia’s poorest and most volatile places.

The first explosion went off inside the cathedral on Jolo island, in Sulu province, and was followed by a second blast outside, which was detonated as security forces raced to the scene, officials said.

The enemies of the state have boldly challenged the capability of the government to secure the safety of the citizenry in that region, said Salvador Panelo, spokesman of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

Source: Voice of Nigeria