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Basilan ulama council condemns Sulu blast

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A Basilan-based Muslim organization expressed its strong condemnation to the recent twin bombings in Kajatian, Indanan town, Sulu, which claimed the lives of at least eight people and wounded 22 others last June 28.

“As a Muslim influential body in Basilan, where most of its officers and members graduated from various Islamic Universities in the Middle East including African countries, strongly and frequently condemns such kinds of un-Islamic and evil acts, such as killing people by any means i.e. bombing, suicide attacks as well as violent acts including robbery, illegal drugs, corruption, and kidnapping as it counts as major sins in Islamic precepts the Darul Ifta Council declared,” the group Basilan Ulama Supreme Council Foundation Inc. (BUSCFI) said in a statement on Sunday.

The BUSCFI, chaired by Dr. Aboulkhair S. Tarason, said the fatal attacks are acts of terrorism and violence and no justification or excuse can be provided for such actions that advance the ideas of radical groups.

The attack, the group said, violates the teachings and principles of Islam.

BUSCFI also said that all its officers and members are appealing for calm and sobriety in wake of the June 28 blast.

Earlier, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the suspected suicide bombing attack at the tactical command post of the 1st Brigade Combat Team in Indanan town has raised the level of extremism in the Philippines.

He made this comment after noting that suicide bombings happen only in Middle East countries like Syria.

The June 28 incident is the third of its kind in Mindanao. The first occurred in a military checkpoint in Lamitan, Basilan on July 31, 2018, killing 10 while the second incident happened on January 27 in a cathedral in Jolo, Sulu that killed 20 persons, including the alleged suicide bombers. (PNA)

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