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Bombs kill Mass-goers at cathedral in the Philippines

This photo taken on March 1, 2014 shows Seminarian Fran Villegas praying inside the UST Central Seminary Chapel during his ordination to the Sacred Order of Deacons in Manila. AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS (Photo credit should read NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)

At least 20 people killed in two blasts

Two bombs have killed at least 20 people attending Sunday Mass at a cathedral in the southern Philippines.

The first explosion took place inside the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on Jolo island at 08:45 local time.

The second device was detonated in the car park as soldiers rushed to help victims of the first blast.

Most of the victims are civilians.

Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana deplored the attack and urged locals to work with the authorities to “deny terrorism any victory”.

No group has so far claimed responsibility, but Islamists are active on the island.