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17 killed, dozens wounded in Philippines church explosions

Two explosions at the Jolo Catholic Cathedral in the Mindanao region of the southern Philippines killed more than a dozen people on Sunday.

Two suspected improvised explosive devices (IEDs) detonated in intervals, according to the public relations office for the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Initial reports say 17 people are dead and 56 wounded.

An explosion at the Jolo Cathedral in the Philippines left more than a dozen dead.

An explosion at the Jolo Cathedral in the Philippines left more than a dozen dead.

The first device went off inside the cathedral, and the second targeted soldiers nearby who rushed to help the victims of the first explosion, Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesman Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo confirmed.

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