14 peo­ple killed and 70 in­jured after bomb ex­plodes in Davao

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Philip­pine Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte de­clared a na­tion­wide “state of law­less­ness” yes­ter­day after sus­pected Abu Sayyaf ex­trem­ists det­o­nated a bomb that killed 14 peo­ple and wounded about 70 in his south­ern home­town.

Duterte, who in­spected the scene of Fri­day night’s at­tack at a night mar­ket in down­town Davao city, said his dec­la­ra­tion did not amount to an im­po­si­tion of mar­tial law. It al­lows troops to be de­ployed in ur­ban cen­tres to back up the po­lice in set­ting up check­points and in­creas­ing pa­trols, he said.

An Abu Sayyaf spokesman, Abu Rami, claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the blast near the Je­suit-run Ate­neo de Davao Uni­ver­sity and a five-star ho­tel, but Duterte said in­ves­ti­ga­tors were looking at other pos­si­ble sus­pects, in­clud­ing drug syn­di­cates, which he has tar­geted in a bloody crack­down. “These are ex­tra­or­di­nary times and I sup­posed that I’m au­tho­rised to al­low the se­cu­rity forces of this coun­try to do searches,” Duterte told re­porters at the scene of the at­tack, ask­ing the pub­lic to co­op­er­ate and be vig­i­lant.

“We’re try­ing to cope up with a cri­sis now,” said Duterte, who served as mayor of Davao for years be­fore be­ing elected pres­i­dent in June. “There is a cri­sis in this coun­try in­volv­ing drugs, ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings and there seems to be an en­vi­ron­ment of law­less vi­o­lence.”

The at­tack came as Philip­pine forces were on alert amid an on­go­ing mil­i­tary of­fen­sive against Abu Sayyaf ex­trem­ists in Sulu prov­ince that in­ten­si­fied last week after the mil­i­tants be­headed a kid­napped vil­lager. The mil­i­tants threat­ened to launch an un­spec­i­fied at­tack after the mil­i­tary said 30 of the gun­men were killed in the of­fen­sive.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Sec­re­tary Martin An­da­nar said that the bomb ap­peared to have been made from a mor­tar round and that doc­tors re­ported many of the vic­tims had shrap­nel wounds.

De­spite the emer­gency, Duterte said he would pro­ceed with trips to Brunei, Laos and In­done­sia start­ing today, but a Depart­ment of For­eign Af­fairs of­fi­cial later said that the Brunei leg of Duterte’s first for­eign vis­its has been post­poned.

STAND­ING GUARD: A soldier watches on at the scene of the bomb blast in Davao

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