Abu Sayyaf claims responsibility for Davao market blast

The Abu Sayyaf Group has claimed responsibility for the Fri night explosion in Davao City market, which left 14 people dead and more than 60 people injured.

The ASG alwo warned of more attacks “in the coming days,” according to an ABS-CBN News report on Sat, Sep 2.

READ: Duterte has declared a “state of lawlessness” in the country after the Davao bombing

President Rodrigo Duterte was on site within hours of the blast in Davao, the town where he served as mayor for more than two decades. His daughter Sara and his son Paolo are now the mayor and vice mayor of Davao, respectively..

The Davao blast came after Duterte’s directive to eliminate the terrorist group after an encounter between rebel forces and the military in Patikul, Sulu, which claimed the lives of 15 soldiers.

It is a “call for unity to all mujahideen in the country,” said ASG spokesperson Abu Rami, adding that the blast is not a diversion tactic as government forces go after terrorists in Sulu and Basilan.

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