Philippines launches 'massive' manhunt after Catholic mass bombing

A Philippine military commander said Monday that a "massive" manhunt was underway for the assailants who bombed a Catholic mass in the country's restive south, killing four worshippers and wounding dozens.

The blast, claimed by the Islamic State group, happened Sunday at Mindanao State University's gymnasium in Marawi, the country's largest Muslim city, which was besieged by Islamist militant groups in 2017.

Security officials have said the bombing, which wounded around 50 people, may have been a retaliatory attack for a series of military operations against Islamist militant groups in recent days that killed multiple fighters.

"There's an ongoing massive operation to hunt the terrorist groups or the suspected perpetrators of the bombing," Western Mindanao Command chief Lieutenant General William Gonzales told a press conference.

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