After the terror attack on a Catholic Cathedral with at least 20 deaths have been cordoned off security forces in the Philippines, the city of Jolo to a large extent. The police and army erected around the city in the South of the country roadblocks.

still, the search for the perpetrators to be running. The terrorist organization Islamic state (IS) claimed for the attack. On the island of Jolo, about a thousand kilometers South of the capital, Manila – for many years, Muslim rebels are active. The Philippines is the only country in Southeast Asia, where the majority of the population is of the Christian faith.

In the case of the Explosion of two bombs during a Church service had been injured on Sunday, more than 110 people. According to recent findings, the army, the explosives were not detonated by suicide bombers, but were hidden.

The chief of police of the Philippines, Oscar Albayalde, described the situation in Jolo as: “There is hardly anyone on the street, many shops are closed. We have the area under control. We have enough soldiers there.”

In Jolo are also rebels from the Islamist terrorist group Abu Sayyaf is actively connected with the terror militia IS. Abu Sayyaf had made in the past few years, due to attacks and kidnappings, also of German, headlines.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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