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Least 21 dead in attack on cathedral in Philippines

In a double explosion at a cathedral in the south of the Philippines, at least 21 people to life. Seventy-one others were injured.

The killing of fourteen civilians and seven soldiers, reports the police.

The first explosion took place during the mass, at the cathedral of Jolo, 1,000 kilometres south of the capital Manila. The second explosion happened at the parking lot at the cathedral, when the emergency services on the spot arrived after the first blast.

Peace agreement

The attack comes two days after the election commission announced the creation of a new autonomous moslimregio in the southern region of Mindanao was ratified by the volksbevraging on January 21.

The creation of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region was one of the most important conditions for the conclusion of a peace agreement in 2014 between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. That group fought since the 70’s for a separate islamic state in Mindanao.

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