ISIS Claims responsibility for Deadly church bombing in philippines; authorities launch investigation.

In a tragic incident during a Catholic Mass in Marawi, Philippines, at least four people were killed and 50 injured as ISIS militants claimed responsibility for a bomb detonation. The attack occurred in a university gymnasium, reviving memories of the city’s 2017 siege by Islamist militants. Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr condemned the act, and security measures were intensified nationwide. Pope Francis offered prayers for the victims, while Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro confirmed ongoing efforts to bring the perpetrators to justice. High alerts and tightened checkpoints were implemented, reflecting concerns of potential follow-up incidents. The international community, including the United States, expressed solidarity with the Philippines against terrorism.