The July 2009 Mindanao Bombings were a series of apparently unrelated attacks that occurred on the 4th, 5th, and 7th of July 2009 in the cities of Datu Piang, Cotabato, Jolo, and Iligan on the Phillipine island group of Mindanao. The bombings killed eight and injured more than 100.
Datu Piang and Cotabato Bombings
The first bomb exploded in the town of Datu Piang on the evening of 4 July 2009 at 6:45 pm; three were injured. A second exploded at 8:50 am local time in the nearby town of Cotabato City, near a food stall across the street from the Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The explosion occurred during Sunday Mass. Five people were killed immediately, including one member of the Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit, a street food vendor, and a three year old child. The sixth victim, an infant, died in the hospital. Five soldiers were injured in the explosion.
According to Colonel Jonathan Ponce of the Phillipine Army, the bomb was a mortar shell denoted remotely by cellular phone. The military believe that the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), a secessionist Islamic organization operating in the southern Phillipines, are responsible for the attack.
Jolo and Iligan Bombings
Another bombing occurred on 7 July 2009, in Jolo, on the island of Sulu in the Mindanao group. An improvised explosive device (IED) was placed inside a motorcycle and detonated in downtown Jolo at 7:55 am, outside a hardware store. Two were killed, including the store’s owner. About 40 people were injured.
The IED was detonated about 100 meters (333 ft) from Mount Carmel Church; police discovered two other unexploded devices in a similar radius around the church.
At 10:30 am that same day, another bomb exploded in Iligan City on Mindanao, in a car parked near a pawnshop. No one was killed in this explosion, but between seven and thirteen people, including three soldiers, were injured.
Military officials believe that these bombings are unrelated to the bombings that occurred two days prior in Cotabato City.