Philippines bomb attack against Zamboanga cathedral
A mortar round exploded under a car in the parking lot of the Philippine’s Zamboanga’s Roman Catholic cathedral on Sunday, April 13. The ensuing blast, blamed on Islamic militants from Abu Sayyah, injured none, but damaged a wall and shattered windows in the church.
4/14/08 Philippines (AsiaNews) Suspected Islamic militants from Abu Sayyaf, al-Qaeda’s Filipino branch, placed a bomb in the compound of Zamboanga’s Roman Catholic cathedral and in a building housing a government office yesterday.
Regional police Chief Superintendent Jaime Caringal said a mortar round was hidden in a box under a car in the parking lot of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral.
A church caretaker saw three men fleeing the scene on a motorcycle shortly before the blast. He said the men were overheard talking in Tausug, a dialect spoken by Muslims in Mindanao.