» 02/03/2006, 00.00
Massacre of Christians in Jolo deals heavy blow to hopes for peace
Suspected Abu Sayyaf gunmen knocked on door in a farm in Patikul, Mindanao, and opened fire after asking residents if they were Christian. Six people are confirmed dead, including a nine-month baby girl, and five others are seriously wounded.
MILF condemns humanitarian workers abduction as no one claims responsibility
The Moro Islamic Liberation Front offers to help in getting the release of the kidnap victims. Abu Sayyaf has not claimed responsibility for the action and local sources exclude politics or religion were involved. Police is investigating the possible involvement of an employee working at a prison the three workers had just visited.
Churches full in Mindanao despite concerns over attacks
Sources tell AsiaNews about poor security in Jolo (Mindanao), a town targeted by Muslim extremists for years. The chapel attacked on 25 December is located inside a military camp where attackers were able to place and detonate a bomb undisturbed. In Zamboanga, thousands of worshippers attend Christmas celebrations. For Father Mariani (PIME), “This is a sign that there is still a lot of hope among people.”
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Al Azhar condemns Abu Sayyaf over un-Islamic abductions and terror acts
For Ahmed al Tayeb, head of the most important Sunni university, putting people's lives at risk for "a small sum of money" is against Islam. He appeals for the release of Bakr Atyani, a Jordanian reporter with the al Arabiya TV network who was seized by the terrorist group in June 2012 in Jolo (Mindanao). At least people die in a gunfight between Malaysian security forces and Islamist fighters in Sabah, eastern Malaysia.
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Mindanao: a grenade explodes in front of Jolo Cathedral, no injuries
The blast took place yesterday morning shortly before mass. Abu Sayyaf Muslim rebels main suspects of the attack. In recent months, two grenades have exploded near the cathedral. The last attack dates to 31 December. Sulu Bishops says Church will not close its mission in Jolo.
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