Explosion Claims Lives at Catholic Mass in the Philippines

PHILIPPINES –Four people were on Saturday 2nd of December, 2023 killed and nine wounded in an explosion at a Catholic Mass in the Philippines, officials say.

The incident occurred in a gymnasium at the Mindanao State University (MSU) in the city of Marawi in the wee hours of today morning.In 2017, the city was the scene of a five-month battle between government forces and militants with links to the Islamic State.

The university said it was deeply saddened and appalled by the senseless and horrific violence on the Christian community, noting that additional security staff had been deployed on its campus and that all academic activities would be suspended until further notice.

Mindanao, the second-largest island in the Philippines, was yesterday evening hit by two powerful earthquakes, which prompted initial fears of a tsunami.