An explosion during a Sunday mass service at a university gymnasium in the Philippines resulted in the deaths of three people and injuries to nine others, as reported by a regional official. The incident occurred in Marawi on the southern island of Mindanao on Sunday morning, as per CNN affiliate CNN Philippines.
The Governor of Lanao del Sur, Mamintal Adiong Jr., denounced the "violent bombing incident" that occurred at the gymnasium of Mindanao State University during a Sunday mass gathering. Mindanao, located in the southern part of the Philippines and bordering Malaysia and Indonesia, is known to harbor various Islamist insurgent groups, including Abu Sayyaf. As the second largest island in the Philippines, Mindanao has a history of insurgency against the Philippine government.
The city of Marawi was besieged by ISIS-affiliated militants for five months in 2017, leading to the evacuation of over 350,000 residents. The government eventually liberated the city. Check back for updates on this ongoing situation.