A bombing attack at a gymnasium in the southern Philippines claimed the lives of 4 individuals and left several others injured.
The incident occurred during a Catholic mass service on Sunday morning at Mindanao State University in Marawi City.
Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr condemned the attack, labeling it as a senseless and heinous act perpetrated by foreign terrorists. He stated that the police and armed forces have been instructed to ensure public safety.
Governor Mamintal Alonto Adiong Jr of Lanao del Sur province condemned the “violent bombing,” emphasizing the commitment to upholding basic human rights, including the right to religion. He denounced terroristic attacks on educational institutions, emphasizing their role in promoting a culture of peace and shaping the youth’s future.
Mindanao State University expressed deep sadness, condemning the act and suspending classes until further notice. The university pledged support and assistance to the affected individuals and their families.
A witness near the gymnasium reported hearing a loud blast resembling an explosion of a power transformer. Police and ambulances were deployed to the incident area within the university’s main campus. The authorities are investigating the explosion, considering the possibility of involvement by pro-ISIL (ISIS) fighters.
Mindanao has long faced violence due to a rebellion by armed separatist groups. On a related note, the Philippine military announced the killing of 11 fighters in an operation approximately 200km (125 miles) from Marawi on the preceding Saturday.
The IPHO Chief Dra Pinky Rakiin released the names of those admitted at the Amay Pakpak Medical Center and asked the media to disseminate the info to inform the families.
Currently in Surgery:
Maria Zathnaya Tichaga
Sheree Mae Asoy, BS Entrepreneurship
Currently under monitoring:
Maria Ruena Laure
Joe Hire Salvedia
Jessie Mae Domapyas
Michelle Layao, Faculty, CSPEAR
Ronald Tabibina, College of Engineering
Gregoria Alvarenga (?)
Eldritz Daniel, 3rd Year ComStud (Media Education)