Philippines seeks three over deadly blast
PHILIPPINES police are searching for three people wanted for questioning over the bombing of a night market in President Rodrigo Duterte’s home town blamed on a notorious group of Islamic militants
The blast, which tore through a bustling market in the heart of Davao city on September 2, killed at least 14 people and led to the president imposing a “state of lawlessness” on the country.
Police are searching for two women and one man for questioning over the bombing, which has been widely been blamed on the Muslim extremist Abu Sayyaf group, Chief Inspector Andrea de la Cerna said yesterday.
Davao is the hometown of Mr Duterte, who had recently ordered an offensive against the Abu Sayyaf.
He has said the explosion was in retaliation for the military operation against the group in their stronghold in the southern island of Jolo.
However Mr De la Cerna, spokesperson of a task force investigating the explosion, said they were not ruling out other motives for the attack.
“We have copies of the CCTV [closed-circuit television]. We have eight possible witnesses but we have named no one [as suspects]f it w,” she told AFP.
She said the three “persons of interest” being sought were not yet considered suspects, but would not give further details.
Human rights groups hold placards as they stage a protest in front of Quiapo Church bombing of a night market in Davao City the day before, in which at least 14 people we