Monday, January 11, 2010

Another bombing of the Jolo Cathedral

In a follow up with the immediately preceding post.


ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines/10 January 2010 by Frencie Carreon

Police authorities in Jolo, the capital town of Sulu province some kilometers away from this city, said there was zero casualty in today’s bombing of the Jolo cathedral. [The cathedral again.]

A police report said that an Improvised Explosive Device blew off at said Roman Catholic church in Walled City, Jolo, causing damage to the window jalosies.

Said IED went off at about 5:40 in the morning, police said.

As of press time, the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team of the Jolo Municipal Police Station as well as the Scene-Of-the-Crime Operation were jointly conducting an investigation as to who could be behind the blast and for what specific motive was the IED planted for.

This is not the first time that a bomb exploded within the vicinity of the Jolo cathedral, the biggest Catholic church in the entire Sulu province, the most recent being on New Year’s Eve and in late October last year where the bomb exploded the back of the church, near the cemetery of the Notre Dame fathers. [I don't think there are any Notre Dame Fathers.  I think the reporter is referring to the Oblate Fathers who are the missionaries of the archipelago.  The current bishop is an Oblate, Bishop Lito Lampon] In early July 2009, a bomb placed in a parked motorcycle in front of a hardware near said church exploded. [See the trend here?  It is the persecution of Christians!]

Police and military authorities theorized in all instances that the Abu Sayyaf Group are behind these incidents as part of the latter’s terror activities. However, no one from the ASG may confirm nor deny whether any or all indeed of these activities are the terror group’s handiwork. (Frencie Carreon, The PhilSouth Angle)

Pray for the Christians in Jolo.  They are suffering.
For photos of the Jolo Cathedral, click here

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