Philip­pines seeks three over deadly blast

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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

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