13 Injured In Christmas Eve Blast Near Catholic Church

Thirteen people were wounded on Christmas Eve, after a blast ripped through a police car outside a Catholic Church in Southern Philippines.

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The explosion happened as worshipers attended a series of Christmas Eve masses, at the Archdiocesan Shrine of Santo Nino.

“The communion was ongoing when the explosion took place,” Father Jay Virador, a priest present at the scene, told reporters.

The incident has been confirmed by the regional police spokeman, Superintendent Romeo Galgo, which said the blast was from an unspecified device.

No group has claimed responsibility.
A police officer said it appears the suspects targeted the church, but because of heavy security, they attacked the patrol car.

“It seems they wanted to get closer but due to heavy s

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