Two dead, four injured in grenade attack on Philippine mosque

Two dead, four injured in grenade attack on Philippine mosque

Manila (Agencies): At least two people died and four others wounded in a grenade attack on a mosque in the Philippine city of Zamboanga on Wednesday morning.

“The blast at a mosque in Barangay Talon-talon happened around 1am while the victims were sleeping”, the authorities said.

The wounded were shifted to hospital for treatment. the authorities have recovered a safety pin for a grenade that is believed to have been used in the attack.

In a phone interview to an international TV channel, Chief Superintendent Emmanuel Licup, regional director in the Zamboanga Peninsula, confirmed that there were four people injured, up from an initial report of three.

He also said police are working to identify the perpetrators and to establish a motive for the apparent grenade attack.

The explosion comes within days of bombings at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cathedral in Jolo, Sulu on Sunday although authorities have yet to issue a statement on whether they are connected.

On Tuesday, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the military to go after the Abu Sayyaf group over the bombing,

The Armed Forces of the Philippines earlier said the "Ajang-Ajang" faction of the Abu Sayyaf may be behind the Jolo blasts.