Fatal blast claims 3 lives and leaves 7 injured in Southern Philippines university gymnasium

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Dimaporo Gymnasium at Mindanao State University

3rd December 2023 – (Manila) An explosion occurred inside the Dimaporo Gymnasium at Mindanao State University in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur province, located in the southern Philippines. Local media reported that the blast resulted in the deaths of at least three individuals, while seven others sustained injuries. The incident occurred on Sunday morning, during a Mass being held at the gymnasium, attended by students and teachers.

According to a report by GMA Integrated News stringer Ferdinandh Cabrera on Super Radyo dzBB, the explosion took place at approximately 7:30 a.m. The news of the incident sent shockwaves through the community, as emergency services rushed to the scene. The regional hospital in Marawi City activated its code blue protocol to handle the influx of casualties.

An ongoing investigation is currently underway to determine the cause and nature of the explosion. Authorities are working diligently to gather evidence and identify any potential suspects involved in this tragic event.

Lanao del Sur Governor Mamintal “Bombit” Alonto Adiong Jr. condemned the incident and expressed his commitment to ensuring that justice is served. In a statement, he strongly denounced the violent bombing that occurred during a Sunday Mass congregation at the Dimaporo Gymnasium. Governor Adiong emphasized the province’s dedication to upholding basic human rights, including the right to practice religion freely. He also highlighted that educational institutions, such as Mindanao State University, play a vital role in promoting a culture of peace and shaping the future of the nation through the education of its youth.

Governor Adiong urged the security sector to swiftly investigate the incident and bring those responsible to justice. He called for immediate action to uncover the truth behind the act of violence and terrorism that befell Mindanao State University.

The governor extended his deepest condolences and sympathies to the families of the victims, offering them support during this challenging time. He reassured them that every effort would be made to ensure that justice prevails.