BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:40 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack on the Roman Catholic Cathedral in the Jolo region of the Philippines.
The Islamic State made the announcement about the terrorist attack via their official media wing on Sunday evening.
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The local officials say the first blast happened at 08:45 local time (00:45 GMT) inside the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, which has been hit by bombs in the past.
The second explosion was shortly afterwards on the doorstep of the church.
Police initially put the death toll at 27 but later lowered it to 20, saying there was double counting in earlier official reports.