Manila [Philippines], December 3: Police said three people were killed and nine injured when an explosion occurred at a university gym in the southern Philippines on December 3, according to Reuters.
The explosion occurred at Mindanao University in Marawi City during a large Catholic ceremony today, December 3, according to Aljazeera television network citing information from the Philippine press.
Regional police chief Allan Nobleza, told reporters that authorities were investigating the explosion , adding that one possibility being monitored were Islamic State sympathizers. IS) revenge.
Marawi is a city besieged by Muslim gunmen for five months in 2017. The Philippine military said on December 2 that it had killed 11 gunmen, including members of Dawlah Islamiyah-Philippines, a pro-group. IS, during a military operation on December 1 in Maguindanao del Sur province.
Mamintal Governor AlontoAdiong Jr. of Lanao del Sur province condemned what he called a "violent bombing".
"In our province, we uphold basic human rights, including religious rights. Terrorist attacks targeting educational institutions must be condemned because these are places that promote culture." foster peace and mold our youth to become those who shape the future of this country," Mr. Adiong emphasized in the statement.
A representative of Mindanao University wrote on Facebook that the school was "extremely saddened and horrified by the act of violence that occurred during a religious gathering". The school added that it is suspending classes until further notice, according to Reuters.
Source: Thanh Nien Newspaper