DOHA, Qatar has strongly condemned and denounced the explosion that occurred in a checkpoint in Lamitan City of Basilan island in southern Philippines and left several people dead and injured, reported Qatar News Agency (QNA).

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterated Qatar's firm position in rejecting violence and terrorism regardless of motives and reasons, reaffirming solidarity with the Filipino government in all procedures it takes to maintain safety and stability.

The statement expressed the condolences of Qatar to families of the victims and the government and people of Philippines, wishing a speedy recovery for the injured.