Jan 27, 2019

20 dead in bombing at Catholic cathedral in the Philippines

Military cleans up after bombs detonated in Philippines

Policemen and soldiers keep watch over body bags containing the remains of blast victims. Photo: Nickee Butlangan/AFP/Getty Images

Two bombs were detonated during Sunday Mass at a Roman Catholic cathedral on the southern Philippine island of Jolo, killing at least 20 people and injuring 111 more, AP reports.

The big picture: While no group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, it comes soon after minority Muslims in the region overwhelmingly voted to approve an autonomous Muslim region to attempt to quell a separatist movement that has killed 150,000 people over the past 50 years.

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