Grenade attack kills 2 in Philippines mosque

Grenade attack kills 2 in Philippines mosque

Agency News

Manila, Jan 30: At least two people have been killed and 4 others injured in a grenade explosion inside a mosque in Southern Philippines on Wednesday morning.

"A grenade was lobbed inside a mosque killing two persons and wounding another four," regional military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Gerry Besana said of the attack in Zamboanga City.

Xinhua while quoting the city police said the victims, most of whom were Muslim preachers from the island province of Basilan and nearby provinces, were sleeping during the attack.

The blast comes as the country was on high alert after a cathedral bombing that killed 21 people at Sunday mass on the remote, Muslim-majority island of Jolo. The Philippine authorities blamed the attack on local terrorist group Abu Sayyaf.

Col. Leonel Nicolas of the military's Joint Task Force Zamboanga Commander said the mosque blast is not a retaliatory act to the twin bombings in southern Philippines several days ago.

No one has so far claimed responsibility for the attack. (UNI)