ISIS has claimed responsibility for the deadly bombing at a Catholic Mass at the Marawi State University on Sunday, Reuters news agency reported after President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. tagged foreign terror groups in the incident.
President Marcos had vowed to ruthlessly go after foreign terrorists involved in the bombing which left four people dead and 50 injured.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) has also identified two persons of interest who were reportedly residing in Lanao del Sur, but the identities have yet to be divulged by authorities.
The Islamic State group, which wields influence in the country’s south, said on Telegram its members had detonated the explosive.
The deadly bombing triggered heightened security alerts in the region and around Metro Manila.
President Marcos earlier assured the public that the government is on top of the situation and helping the victims of the terrorist attack.
The President extended his condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims, blaming foreign terrorists behind the bombing attack.
“I condemn in the strongest possible terms the senseless and most heinous acts perpetrated by foreign terrorists upon the Mindanao State University (MSU) and Marawi communities early this Sunday morning. Extremists who wield violence against the innocent will always be regarded as enemies to our society,” President Marcos said in a statement.
“I extend my most heartfelt condolences to the victims, their loved ones, and the communities that have been the target of this latest assault on peace. Government assistance to those impacted is ready and forthcoming,” the President added.
President Marcos said that the government is now working closely with the regional government of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) and the concerned local government units for their swift response in what he called as the “latest assault on peace.”