The bombings occurred at approximately 8:40 AM (6:40 PM CST) during Sunday morning Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on Jolo Island, southwest of the major Philippine island of Mindanao. It is part of the newly created Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
From RT News:
At least 19 people have been killed and dozens more injured after two bombs exploded during a Sunday Mass near a Roman Catholic cathedral in the Philippine island of Mindanao.
According to authorities the first bomb exploded inside the Jolo cathedral, while the second blast targeted first responders near the entrance, Rappler reports.
Earlier police said at least 10 civilians and five troops are among those killed. Some 48 others were reportedly injured, including at least 33 civilians.
No one has immediately claimed responsibility, but the island has in the past been targeted by bombings, kidnappings and beheadings perpetrated by Abu Sayyaf Islamists terrorists.