Mosque in Zamboanga, Philippines grenade attack Update.

This mosque, where 40 day’s Tabligh Jama’at had slept during the incident.

The killing of two innocent Tabligh’s followers is not a planned murder. This is a racial riot. Which is a part of the injustice of the country’s minority Muslim community. This attack is not particularly against Tabligh.

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[Picture of two martyrs (Tabligh’s followers)  in Philippines mosque]

The victims were reportedly sleeping inside the mosque at the time of the attack, which drew immediate condemnation from local officials

“There is no redeeming such blasphemous murder. It is the highest form of cowardice and obscenity to attack people who at prayer,” said regional leader Mujiv Hataman.

“We call on people of all faiths… to come together to pray for peace.”

The Ulama Council of Zamboanga Peninsula condemned what it called a “devilish, irrational and inhumane act” and urged people to be vigilant.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

The news agency Reuters mentions that, “A grenade thrown into a mosque in Zamboanga, Philippines, on Wednesday (January 30) killed two people and wounded four others, prompting condemnation and calls for cool heads and unity among Christian and Muslim communities with a long history of peaceful coexistence.

The grenade incident came a few hours after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on television that an attack on a church that killed 21 people on mainly Muslim Jolo island on Sunday (January 27) may have involved a suicide bomber. Islamic State has claimed involvement in the church bombing, but the military believes it was the work of the Muslim militant Abu Sayyaf group.

The military has said it has identified several suspects and carried out an air strike on Jolo on Tuesday (January 29) on an undisclosed target. Local media also broadcast video it said showed soldiers firing artillery rounds towards the house of one of the church bombing suspects.

Defence minister Delfin Lorenzana said there was no connection between the church bombs and the mosque attack.”

Four men who appeared in CCTV footage of the Jolo cathedral bombing have come forward to clear their names before the police.

Authorities pointed out four men in the videos, whose behavior they said was suspicious.

The four men were declared persons of interest for possibly being connected to the bombing.

After hours of processing, the Sulu Provincial Police Chief was convinced the two are innocent and that they are not members of Ajang-ajang as they originally suspected.

The two were then removed from the list of persons of interest.

By Wednesday afternoon, the two other men in the video came forward voluntarily. They were later cleared by the police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).

But, there is no progress in the investigation of the Grenade attack in the mosque. There is no arrest till now.

It is to be noted that the two martyrs was the followers of Nizamuddin Markaz and was in a 40 day’s Jama’at.


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