Church bombing in the Philippines leaves 20 dead and dozens injured


Guam – At least 20 people have died and dozens are injured in a bombing that occurred on Sunday at a Catholic church in the southern Philippines, the incident has the Guam Homeland Security reminding Guam residents to stay vigilant and to report any suspicious activity.

It was a horrific scene, debris and bodies laying in the street in the aftermath of bombing at a place of sanctuary, Jolo’s our Lady of Mount Carmel Cathedral. According to a report from ABC News 20 were kill and 81 injured when two bombs exploded within minutes of each other.

The fatalities include 15 civilians and five troops. Among the wounded are 14 troops, two police and 65 civilians. FURTHER INDICATING THAT, The Islamic State group (IS) claimed responsibility for the attack, A STATEMENT ATTRIBUTED TO the militant group’s Amaq news agency.

News of the bombing has Guam homeland Security closely monitoring reports and event surrounding the recent bombing. While Guam is not in any immediate danger and no credible threats have been made in connection to the bombing in the Philippines Guam Homeland security and the Marianas Regional Fusion Center (MRFC) reminds the community that we must remain vigilant. Residents and visitors of the Marianas are reminded to report any suspicious activity relating to the subject to the MRFC.

Meanwhile, Archbishop Michael Byrnes, issued a statement calling for prayers for the victims in the bombings.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.