Bomb explodes at Cotabato Cathedral during mass

(Please allow me to repost this news from CBCPNews)
MANILA, July 5, 2009— Four people were killed when a bomb exploded Sunday in a Roman Catholic Church packed with worshippers in Cotabato City.

A Christian leader said the attack this morning marked as one of the “saddest day” in the history of the religion in the predominantly Muslim city, about 545 miles south of Manila.

The Immaculate Conception Cathedral was jammed with hundreds of people when the devise went off at the early part of the mass, creating panic as people rushed for the exits.

It was a powerful improvised bomb which had been planted by still unknown perpetrators a meter away from the church’s main gate, reports from the Cotabato City police said

The explosion occurred around 8:40 a.m. while Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Quevedo was delivering his homily.

Around 35 people were also reportedly wounded in the explosion.

Last January 14, a powerful improvised bomb was found inside the cathedral but it failed to go off due to faulty wiring, police and church officials said.

The bomb, fashioned from a live 60-mm. mortar rigged with a battery-operated timing device, was found in a black bag and covered with packed food. (CBCPNews)

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