On December 3, 2023, four people have been killed in an explosion at a Catholic Mass in Marawi City Sunday morning. The incident occurred at the gymnasium of Mindanao State University in Marawi, the country’s largest Muslim city. Forty-two others suffered mostly minor wounds, authorities said, adding the situation was under control.

The Daulah Islamiyah-Maute Group could be behind Sunday’s bombing, said Brig Gen Allan Nobleza, the police commander in the region. General Nobleza said 11 of its members died in an encounter with the Philippine Army last Friday in neighbouring Datu Hoffer Ampatuan town – suggesting Sunday’s explosion could be a form of retaliation.

The Daesh group has claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the AFP news agency. President Ferdinand Marcos Jr condemned the blast as a “senseless and most heinous” act, which was “perpetrated by local terrorists group”. He did not elaborate. He appealed to the public to remain calm. “Rest assured, we will bring the perpetrators of this ruthless act to justice,” he said.

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