Military identifies perpetrator of bloody Jolo cathedral bombing

According to Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Mindanao Command (WESTMINCOM), Ajang-Ajang group with links to terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) perpetrated the bombing of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cathedral in Barangay Walled City, Jolo, Sulu morning of January 27.

“Based on the CCTV footage recovered by authorities, the Ajang-Ajang group perpetrated the said bombing incident,” WESTMINCOM said.

“Ajang-Ajang is a notorious group linked to the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in the province of Sulu,” it added,

The military added that the group has been held responsible for killings of law enforcers, particularly soldiers and policemen in Jolo. They are also blamed for other heinous crimes in the area.

The bombing earlier today resulted to 18 deaths (12 civilians, 5 AFP, 1 PCG) and 82 wounded (65 civilians, 15 AFP, 2 PCG), majority of whom are innocent civilians who were inside the church to attend the regular Sunday mass at the Cathedral, WESTMINCOM said.