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Thursday, 30 December 2010

Six people wounded in Muslim bomb attack on Roman Catholic church as priest celebrates Christmas Day mass

By Daily Mail Reporter, 25th December 2010, from the Mail Online

A crude bomb exploded this morning in the roof of a Roman Catholic church at a police base on a Muslim-dominated southern island in the Philippines yesterday wounding six people.

The Catholic priest celebrating the early morning Christmas mass was among those wounded, said military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Randolf Cabangbang.

Philippine National Police guard the Catholic chapel following an explosion during a Christmas Day mass this morning

About 100 people were at the service in the main police base on the island of Jolo, a stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf, a small Islamist militant group with ties to al Qaeda, Cabangbang added.
'We've placed our troops on alert to prevent similar attacks on churches, shopping malls, parks and transport terminals,' Cabangbang continued.
No group claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Abu Sayyaf has been blamed for several bomb attacks on the Roman Catholic cathedral in Jolo since the early 2000s and for kidnapping priests and nuns.

Dozens of US army Special Forces have been deployed.

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