Two explosions occurred outside Mount Carmel Cathedral in Jolo, Sulu on January 27, 2019. At least 23 people
were reported killed and nearly 100 others injured. The explosion incident from the bomb exploded during Sunday Mass. The first bomb explosion was carried out by Indonesian couple Rullie Rian Zeke and Ulfah Handayani Saleh.
The first explosion occurred inside the cathedral in Sulu and The second bomb exploded outside the church after the congregation left to save themselves.
The second bomb was carried out by Rullie, number of victims were lying on the road outside our Lady of Mount
Carmel Cathedral, which had also been rocked by a previous bomb explosion that was placed in a utility box on a motorcycle in a parking area outside the church.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack with a formal communique that said two suicide bombers had detonated explosive belts, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadist activities worldwide.
The AFP initially pointed to the Abu Sayyaf Group faction led by Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan as the “mastermind and financier” of the attack. Secretary of Interior and Local Government Eduardo Año later said Sawadjaan was the new “ISIS head” in the Philippines and that unconfirmed findings indicated two Indonesian suicide bombers with links to ISIS were behind the twin blasts.
The Indonesian couple and their recruiter, identified as “Yoga,” were part of Jemaah Anshorut Daulah, an Islamic extremist group banned in Indonesia and allied with ISIS, said the AP report.