At least two people were killed and four others injured in a grenade attack on a mosque in the southern Philippines, local officials said.
The attack in the city of Zamboanga took place early in the morning on Wednesday, just days after fatal double strikes in a Roman Catholic cathedral on a nearby island and a voice representing the broader Muslim autocracy in Mindanao, the country's volatile southern region.
"A grenade was knocked into a mosque killing two people and wounding another four," said regional military spokesman Lt. Col. Gerry Besana, AFP news agency, about the attack in Zamboanga.
The victims were reported to have slept in the mosque at the time of the attack, and the local authorities immediately condemned
"It is not the highest form of austerity and obscenity of humanity in prayer," says the regional leader Mujiv Hataman
"We call all people to faith … to pray together for peace."
The Ulama Council on the Zamboanga Peninsula condemned what he called a "diabolical, irrational and inhumane act" and called on people to be vigilant. [1
The military called for the unity of the Mindanao communities and called on the public to renounce speculation about social media that could disseminate misinformation.
The Supreme Commander of the Regional Task Force, Colonel Leonel Nicolas, stressed that the incident was "no retaliation" for the church bombing three days earlier.
The country was put on alert after two explosions during a Sunday service in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the town of Jolo in the province of Sulu. At least 21 people were killed and more than 100 injured
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) claimed responsibility for the Domschlag, one of the worst cases of violence in the Philippines . President Rodrigo Duterte accused Abu Sayyaf, a domestic armed group that has committed to ISIS and carried out bombings, kidnappings and beheadings in Mindanao for the execution of the church bombing attacks.
"Nobody, but nobody, could perpetuate this kind of terrorism in this region," he said during a visit to the region this week.
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The incidents followed a successful and peaceful referendum on January 21 which largely endorsed autonomy for the estimated five million inhabitants of predominantly Muslim parts of Mindanao.
This was followed by a decades-long separatist war in which he was killed. At least 120,000 people.
Muslims are a minority in the predominantly Catholic Philippines, representing about one-quarter of the population of the Mindanao region.
Denominational violence is not frequent there and the autonomy plan aimed at chronic poverty is underdevelopment and violence by the Filipinos widely supported nationwide.
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