Bomb Blasts in a Philippine Chapel Early This Christmas
A bomb exploded during a Christmas Mass in the southern part of the Philippines.
A bomb exploded during Christmas Day Mass at a chapel located inside a police camp in Jolo, Philippines. The said blast occurred on December 25, 2010, hurting a priest and five church goers according to a military personnel.
Military spokesman Lt. Col. Randolph Cabangbang said that the improvised explosive was hidden in the ceiling of the said chapel. It was believed that the blast can be attributed to the al-Qaida-linked militants, who holds stronghold in the town of Jolo, province of Jolo, Philippines, but the same were mere speculations are there were no immediate clear link to who shall this be attributable.
The wounded were taken to a hospital but their injuries were not life threatening, he said, adding that the roof of the chapel was damaged.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, through his spokesman, Edwin Lacierda, expressed his condemnation to the Saturday’s bombing, saying it “violates the basic tenets of respect and peace of all who hold their faith dear.” He further said there could be no religious or political justification for the attack.