Mindanao State University (MSU-Marawi) Gymnasium was bombed yesterday while a mass was ongoing. At least 4 people died and 45 were injured.
The Director of the Police Regional Office of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PRO-BARMM), Brig. Gen. Allan Nobleza, reported that an explosion occurred at the MSU’s Dimaporo Gymnasium during a mass at 7:40 a.m.
“Our EOD K9 from Lanao del Sur is still investigating the incident,” Nobleza said, referring to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Canine Group.
Nobleza stated that the bombing may be connected to the killing of 11 members of the Dawlah Islamiyah (DI), including an alleged leader, in a military offensive in Datu Hoffer Ampatuan in Maguindanao del Sur on Friday.
“That was one of the angles na tinitingnan namin…,” he told reporters in a phone interview.
He stated that they are still determining the type of bomb or explosive used in the attack.
MSU announced a suspension of classes and other academic activities in the campus as authorities prioritize the safety and well-being of the university’s constituents.
In a statement, the MSU assured that it was committed to providing aid to those affected by bombing, which it condemned as a “senseless and horrific act.”
Meanwhile, MSU later refuted claims that the campus was on lockdown. They stated there was neither a need nor a recommendation for a lockdown or evacuation. “The campus is under control,” MSU declared in a statement.
PNP Public Information Office Chief, Col. Jean Fajardo, stated that they are actively collaborating with local authorities.
“Our dedicated teams are on the ground, diligently working to establish the facts and identify the individuals or groups responsible for this despicable act,” Fajardo said.
The PNP also urged the public to refrain from spreading falsified information and allow investigative teams to complete their work.