Varied casualty tolls have been reported as the number of victims has risen. Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella told CNN Philippines that at least 10 are dead and 60 are injured.
Reported explosion in Davao City Friday night left a number of people dead and several others wounded…. https://t.co/AZY5MI7O1y
— DavaoCity Government (@DavaoCityGov) September 2, 2016
Bomb in davao pic.twitter.com/Kxrz2LlAaO
— Fr. Jboy Gonzales SJ (@jboygonzalessj) September 2, 2016
Eyewitnesses have reported a single loud blast, followed by billowing smoke. Ambulances arrived at the chaotic scene within minutes.
“Rest assured the authorities are on top of this incident. Right now, we cannot yet give a definite answer as to who is behind this as we are also trying to determine what really exploded,” said Paolo Duterte, vice mayor of Davao and son of the current president.
— YouScoop (@YouScoop) September 2, 2016
Duterte, who has gained notoriety for his violent war on drugs, was recently targeted in an assassination plot, according to Philippines police.
Tens of thousands of the country’s citizens have died in recent decades at the hands of militant far-left, Islamist, and ethnic minority groups.
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