A blast wrought destruction upon a busy night market in the city of Davao in the Philippines, the hometown of the recently-elected President Rodrigo Duterte. Several deaths and multiple casualties have been confirmed by local officials.

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.

The blast occurred at about 10:20pm local time, in the massage parlor area of the Roxas Night Market, a hotspot in the city of 1.6 million people.

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.

President Duterte was due to customarily fly into the city for the weekend around the time of the blast, and is reportedly heading to the explosion site.

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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