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The July 2009 Mindanao Bombings were a series of bombings that occurred on the Phillippine island group of Mindanao on the 4th, 5th, and 7th of July 2009. Authorities believe the bombings are unrelated.

 

The first bomb exploded on the evening of 4 July 2009 in Datu Piang at 6:45 pm; three were injured. The second bomb exploded the next morning, at 8:50 am local time on 5 July, in nearby Cotabato City, near a food stall, and across the street from the Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, during Sunday Mass. Five were killed instantly; a sixth victim, an infant, died later in the hospital. 55 more were injured.

 

Another bombing occurred on 7 July in Jolo, on the Mindanao island of Sulu. An improvised explosive device (IED) detonated at 7:55 am outside a hardware store, killing two. 40 were injured. The bomb detonated100 meters (333 feet) from the Mount Carmel Church. Police discovered two additional undetonated bombs in a similar radius.

 

Later that morning, at 10:30 am, another bomb planted inside a parked car exploding in Iligan City, wounding between seven and thirteen people, including three soldiers.

 

Military officials believe the bombings were unrelated; they believe that the bombings in Cotabato City were the work of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and that the bombings in Jolu and Iligan City were most likely orchestrated by the Abu Sayyaf Group.

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