Hataman condemns Cotabato bombing

admin   •   January 1, 2019   •   2119

 

FILE PHOTO: ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman

MANILA, Philippines — Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Mujiv Hataman condemned Cotabato bombing in front of a mall in Cotabato City on December 31.

The governor called the mastermind behind the incident “evil”.

The blast occurred minutes before 2:00 in the afternoon which left 2 dead the 34 others injured.

In the statement released by the office of Hataman on January 1 morning, he expressed his strong condemnation of the incident and his grief for the victims.

He called for a serious investigation of the bombing and ensure that same incidents will never happen again and culprits are brought to justice.

“We are irrevocably grieved about the casualties incurred, thoroughly condemn this act, and call for a thorough investigation. We need to make sure acts like these never happen again, and that the perpetrator is brought to justice, he said.

He also called for the cooperation of the civic leaders and law enforcement officers.

“What we need is to be composed, to redouble our efforts, and to hold on to our dream of peace in the region. We cannot be divided on this front,” said the governor.

Though not under the ARMM, his office in Shariff Kabunsuan Complex is in Cotabato City. — UNTV News & Rescue
 

Taliban truck bomb kills at least 20 in southern Afghanistan

UNTV News   •   September 19, 2019

 A Taliban truck bomb killed at least 20 people and wounded 95 when it exploded near a hospital in southern Afghanistan on Thursday (September 19), a provincial official said, with casualties expected to rise as rescuers sift the rubble.

Some of wounded people who were taken to Kandahar Hospital for treatment said the blast occurred in the early morning.

The Taliban, who have been carrying out nearly daily attacks since the collapse of peace talks with the United States this month, said the target was a nearby building of the government’s intelligence department in Qalat, the capital of Zabul province.

The militants wanted to target a training base for Afghanistan’s powerful National Directorate of Security but parked the vehicle laden with explosives outside a hospital gate nearby, said another defense ministry source.

Twenty bodies and 95 wounded people have been evacuated from the blast site, said Haji Atta Jan Haqbayan, a member of the provincial council in Qalat. (REUTERS)

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PNP: No established link yet between Jolo and Zamboanga City bombings

admin   •   January 30, 2019

(Left) Decimated church seats of the Mt. Carmel Cathedral
in Jolo, Sulu after it was hit by twin explosions on January 27, 2019 | Photo courtesy of Ahmad Sajan. (Right) Bodies of worshipers lay lifeless after a grenade detonated inside their mosque in Masjid Jutay, Barangay Talon-Talon in Zamboanga City on January 30, 2019. | Photo courtesy of PNP Region 9 Office

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – Authorities cannot yet confirm if the grenade blast at a mosque in Masjid Jutay in Zamboanga City on Tuesday night is connected to the twin bombings in Jolo, Sulu on Sunday.

According to Zamboanga City Police Spokesperson PSInsp. Shelamie Chang, the explosives used in last night’s bombing in Zamboanga was in no way similar to the ones used in Jolo.

The officer said, the incident in Jolo was caused by an improvised explosive device (IED) while a grenade launcher was used in a mosque in Zamboanga City.

Authorities continue to investigate as to the motive behind the Zamboanga City blast that killed two individuals and injured three others. — UNTV News and Rescue

19 killed, 48 wounded in Jolo church bombing

admin   •   January 27, 2019

At least 19 people were killed and 48 were wounded after two explosions rocked the town of Jolo, Sulu on Sunday morning (January 27).

Based on a report from the military, two improvised explosive devices (IED) ripped through Jolo Cathedral while Sunday mass was ongoing.

Among the fatalities were five soldiers from the 35th Infantry Battalion and 14 civilians. — UNTV News & Rescue

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