Philippines: Explosion In Davao City Market Late Friday Evening Kills at Least 10 People, 60 Injured

The Associated Press

DAVAO, Philippines (AP) — Philippine officials say an explosion at a night market in the hometown of the country’s president has left up to 10 people dead and several others wounded.
Regional military commander Lt. Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero says it was not immediately clear what caused the explosion late Friday in southern Davao City. Police say the blast happened at a massage section of the night market.

President Rodrigo Duterte, who served as a longtime mayor of Davao before assuming the presidency in June, was in Davao but has not issued any statement.

Philippine forces were on alert amid an ongoing military offensive against Abu Sayyaf extremists in southern Sulu province.

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Explosion rocks market in Philippines 01:55 — Video:
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Story highlights

  • Cause of explosion at night market in Davao City is not yet known
  • Footage shows police sorting through debris at the scene

(CNN) At least 10 people have been killed and 60 injured in an explosion at a night market in Davao City in the Philippines, a senior official told CNN Philippines.

Ernesto Abella, spokesman for Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, announced the death toll late Friday night.
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Live pictures from the scene show police sorting through debris.
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The cause of the explosion is not known.
Witness Father Jboy Gonzales told CNN Philippines that he saw more than 30 casualties being loaded onto ambulances.
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“[A] lot of people are wounded, shocked, traumatized,” he said.
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Janoz Laquihon was also at the scene.
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“I saw some smoke. I thought it’s just barbecue. A few minutes later…a big blast,” he told CNN Philippines.
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Leonor Rala, a student at San Pedro College, told CNN that she was in her dorm on Friday night, and “then we heard an explosion.”
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She initially thought something had fallen on the roof of a neighboring building. She went down to survey the scene of the blast, where emergency teams were already in place.
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Davao City, on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, is the hometown of President Duterte. Duterte, who took office at the end of June, made his name in politics as the mayor of Davao City, taking a hardline stance on drug crime that he has now incorporated into his national policies.
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Developing story – more to come
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One Response to “Philippines: Explosion In Davao City Market Late Friday Evening Kills at Least 10 People, 60 Injured”

  1. daveyone1 Says:

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