United Nations, Jan 28: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned the terrorist attack that hit southern Philippines on Sunday and has also reiterated the United Nations' support to the country's government and people, Guterres' Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq said in a statement.
On Sunday morning, one improvised explosive device was detonated inside the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, located in the Sulu province's Jolo municipality, while another bomb exploded near the building's entrance. At least 20 people have died in the attack, which the Islamic State terrorist group (banned in Russia) has claimed responsibility for.
"The Secretary-General condemns the terrorist attack on 27 January at the Jolo Cathedral in Sulu in the Philippines. He expresses his sincere condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to the wounded," the statement, released late on Sunday, read. Guterres has reiterated the United Nations' support to the government and people of the Philippines "in their efforts to fight terrorism and violent extremism," Haq added.
Guterres has also emphasized importance of attackers being "swiftly" brought to justice, his deputy spokesman said. (UNI-SPUTNIK)