19 killed, dozens injured in twin blast targeting Catholic cathedral in the Philippines

At least 19 people have been killed and dozens more injured after two bombs exploded during Sunday Mass near a Roman Catholic cathedral in the Philippines island of Mindanao.

The first blast that took place outside Jolo cathedral was followed by a second explosion just after emergency services arrived at the scene to treat the wounded, security officials told AP.

At least 19 people were killed and 48 others wounded in dual explosions, National Police Chief Oscar Albayalde said. According to unofficial reports, casualties included both troops and civilians.

The Jolo Cathedral is in Mindanao, which just voted to create an autonomous Muslim region. Guess the Muslims decided to get a head start on the Christian genocide.

Filipino Muslims approve new autonomous region in referendum

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Muslims in the southern Philippines overwhelmingly approved in a referendum the creation of a new autonomous region in hopes of ending nearly half a century of unrest, election officials said.

The Commission on Elections announced late Friday that the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao is deemed ratified following a referendum on Monday. It says 1.5 million people voted in favor.