By Theodore Shoebat
Muslims in the Filipino island of Mindanao fired a grenade launcher into a Christian church, slaughtering two Christians and injuring seven more. According to one report:
Two worshippers were killed and seven others wounded when motorcycle-riding suspects fired a grenade launcher at a Protestant church service in North Cotabato province in restive Mindanao, police reported on Thursday.
Inspector Mautin Pangandingin, the police chief, said the attack occurred on Wednesday night at the United Church of Christ of the Philippines chapel in the town of Pikit, North Cotabato attended by about 30 worshippers.
“There was an ongoing service when two still unidentified men on a motorcycle stopped at the main door of the chapel which was then open and one of them fired a grenade launcher, killing two and wounding seven other worshippers,” Pangandingin said.
The attack came more than a week after still unidentified gunmen shot and killed two army soldiers outside the Catholic church in the town of Datu Piang in North Cotabato’s neighbouring province of Maguindanao on Sept.30.
Police said the soldiers had just come out of the church where they lighted devotional candles to mark the 23rd birthday of one of the victims when the suspects who were apparently waiting fired at them, killing them on the spot. The soldiers were unarmed and in civilian clothes when they were attacked, police said.
Colonel Marlon Abo, the head of an army brigade to which the victims belonged, suspected that members of a splinter group of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) were behind the killing.
Abo explained the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) said they would continue their attacks against the military and the police in opposition to the historic Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro signed in March by the government and the MILF.
The military said the BIFF was founded by former veteran MILF field commander Ameril Umbra Kato who seceded with about 1,000 of his armed followers due to major policy differences with the front leaders over the conduct of their peace negotiations with the government.
Under the agreement, the government was to set up a new Bangsamoro political entity whose core territory is to come initially from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) composed of the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Sulu, Basilan and Tawi-Tawi as well as Marawi City.
Through its spokesman Abu Misry Mama, the BIFF said they would continue to oppose the new Bangsamoro autonomous entity and instead would pursue their aim of establishing an independent Islamic state in Mindanao.
It is no wonder the Christians in Mindanao have organized militias against the Muslims: