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Over 27 Dead As Bombs Explode In Philippines Catholic Church – BREAKING NEWS

Two bombs at a Roman Catholic cathedral in southern Philippines have killed 27 people and injured dozens more, local officials say.

Over 27 Dead As Bombs Explode In Philippines Catholic Church - BREAKING NEWS 1

The first blast happened as Sunday Mass was being celebrated at the church on Jolo island, where Islamist militants are active.

As soldiers responded, a second device was detonated in the car park.

The attack comes days after a majority-Muslim area in the region voted for greater autonomy in a referendum.

No group has so far said it was behind the attack. Jolo has long been a base for militants including those of the Abu Sayyaf group.

The local officials say the first blast happened at 08:45 local time (00:45 GMT) inside the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, which has been hit by bombs in the past.

Over 27 Dead As Bombs Explode In Philippines Catholic Church - BREAKING NEWS 2

The second explosion was shortly afterwards on the doorstep of the church.

Most of the victims are civilians.

More updates later….

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