An explosion at a night market in Davao City on Friday night, September 2, killed at least 10 people and injured at least 60, Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella said.
In an interview with CNN Philippines, Abella said there’s “nothing definite yet” about the explosion.Earlier, Davao City police spokesperson Senior Inspector Catherine dela Rey said the explosion happened around 10:20 pm.
Witnesses said they heard a loud bang and saw smoke from the site of the explosion. Ambulances rushed to the scene, carrying the injured on stretchers.They were rushed to the San Pedro Hospital and the Southern Philippines Medical Center for treatment.
Presidential spokesman Ernie Abella told CNN Philippines that there were at least 10 deaths and 60 injuries. However, there were reports from 911 insiders that 15 people died in the blast.
Abella said the cause of the explosion is unknown. This is amid reports that a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tank exploded.
The explosion in Davao City occured after the local terrorist group Abu Sayyaf warned that they will retaliate against the intensified military operations in Sulu.
Earlier this week, President Rodrigo Duterte called on the public to be vigilant against retaliatory attacks by the ASG, who already pledged allegiance to the international terrorist group ISIS.
On the other hand, Abu Sayyaf spokesperson Alhabsi Misaya called on all Tausugs to join the jihad (holy war). In a text message, he said the ASG and government troops “will test each other in a liberation” by September 1st.
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