‘Crazy people’ behind Zamboanga mosque bombing-Jaafar

COTABATO CITY (JANUARY 30)—Ghazali Jaafar, vice chairman of the MILF and, concurrently, the chairman of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), condemned the Wednesday morning bombing of a mosque in Zamboanga City, saying the incident as it could have been perpetrated by ‘crazy people.’

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has condemned the throwing of a hand grenade inside a mosque in Sitio Logoy Diutay, Barangay Talon-talon, Zamboanga City that left at least two persons dead and four others  wounded.

The Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF) of the MILF also condemned the bombing.

Von Al Haq, BIAF’s spokesman, said “we strongly condemn the bombing of the mosque even as we call upon our people not to be swayed by emotions and fall into the beat and trap by those whose evil intent is to draw barrier between (and among) our peace-loving communities.”

“Let us instead stand and unite firmly to promote the zeal of peace in our midst,” Al Haq said.

Al Haq expressed sympathy to the bereaved family of the victims.

Mohagher Iqbal, chairman of the MILF’s Peace Implementing Panel, said “we should not give way to those who attempt to divide our people along religious lines.”

The MILF earlier denounced the bombing of the Mount Carmel Cathedral in Jolo, Sulu last January 27 that killed 20 people and injured more than a hundred others.

“This dastardly act of killing and hurting civilians and uniformed personnel as well as desecrating the places of worship might be meant to stoke religious animosity between peoples of different faiths.  But we will not allow this to succeed,”  the MILF said in a statement.-Taher G. Solaiman/