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Scores injured and 12 dead as huge bomb explosion rocks popular market in Philippines

Posted: Sat Sep 03, 2016 2:41 am
by Worldwatcher
AT least 12 people have been killed and 60 injured after a huge bomb explosion rocked a popular night market in the Philippines.
According to Davao City Police, the incident took place at 10.20pm local time at a street market outside the high-end Marco Polo hotel in Davao, in the southern Philippines.

Witnesses reported hearing loud bangs and smoke billowed across the city. Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella confirmed that some 60 people were wounded who were rushed to the San Pedro Hospital for treatment.

A further 12 - including five men and five women - have been confirmed dead.

In July, the young vice mayor warned about a possible threat from the Islamic State group, saying the urbanized city had received threats from the extremist group and was attempting to confirm them.

No links to Islamic extremists have yet been found in this case.

The incident comes after the national police force thwarted an assassination plot against President Rodrigo Duterte, who usually flies home to Davao City every weekend.
The explosion is probably the work of Abu Sayaff, or affiliates, the active Islamic terrorist group in the majority Muslim southern Philippines. No claims have yet been made though.

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Re: Scores injured and 12 dead as huge bomb explosion rocks popular market in Philippines

Posted: Sat Sep 03, 2016 6:26 am
by Worldwatcher
- Islamic militant group Abu Sayaff blamed for deadly Philippine blast
Authorities said the Abu Sayyaf, a small band of militants that has declared allegiance to the Islamic State group, most likely carried out the attack in response to a military offensive launched against it last week.
- At least 14 dead

Duterte has in recent weeks pursued peace talks with the two main Muslim rebel groups, which each has thousands of armed followers. Their leaders have said they want to broker a lasting peace.

- 'Destroy' Abu Sayyaf -

However the Abu Sayyaf, a much smaller and hardline group infamous for kidnapping foreigners to extract ransoms, has rejected Duterte's peace overtures.

In response, Duterte deployed thousands of troops onto the small and remote island of Jolo to "destroy" the group.

The military reported 15 soldiers died in clashes on Monday, but also claimed killing dozens of Abu Sayyaf gunmen.

On Saturday morning, Duterte declared a national "state of lawlessness", which his security adviser said gave the military extra powers to conduct law enforcement operations normally done only by the police.

While Davao has been regarded as relatively safe compared with other parts of Mindanao, the Abu Sayyaf and other Islamic militant groups have carried out deadly attacks there in the past.
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