Abu Sayaff claims responsibility for Davao market blast

The Abu Sayyaf Group has claimed responsibility for the market blast in Davao City that killed 14 people and injured 71 others.

In an interview with DZRH News on Saturday, Interior Secretary Ismael "Mike" Sueno said that the terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the blast, adding that his office already had information about a possible attack from the Abu Sayyaf days ahead.

“Yes. We expected this already. Two or three days ago pa may intelligence na tayo about this,” Sueno said.

The blast occured after the Abu Sayaff terrorist group warned that they will retaliate against the intensified military operations in Sulu.

Earlier, President Rodrigo Duterte declared a state of lawlessness over the city to hightened security measure in which checkpoints would be set up and searches will be conducted to bring to justice those responsible for the blast.

The military and Philippine National Police earlier dismissed circulating text messages about an imminent terror attack.

Source: INQUIRER

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