4 people killed, 50 injured in terrorist attack in Philippines

Four people were killed and 50 others injured Sunday in a suspected terrorist attack during a Catholic service in the southern Philippines. This was reported by the police and the army.

The explosion at the Mindanao State University gymnasium in Marawi City may have been caused by an improvised explosive device, Maj. Gen. Gabriel Viray said. He added: “This is a terrorist attack.”

Philippine forces on Friday killed 11 radical Islamists, including Filipino supporters of the Islamic State (IS), during an operation in the southern province of Maguindanao del Sur. Authorities are now investigating whether the explosion at the university could have been an act of revenge by ISIS.

The four dead are believed to be three women and a man. The injured were transported to hospitals.

Marawi is 800 km south of the capital Manila. City in 2017 was under the mantle of radical Islamists for five months. More than 1,200 people, including civilians, were killed. The city was destroyed during the attack. Around 200,000 people were forced to leave their homes.

Source: The Delfi

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