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Davao Alarmed by an Unexpected Explosion

The Police and emergency personnels rushed to a crowded night market area in Davao City after a blast ripped through the Roxas street late Friday evening.

Rescuers with Firetrucks and ambulances were on the scene to attend to the injured, although they still could not give details about the explosion and the number of those wounded. According to a reliable source who is now in Davao at the moment, 10 were reported dead while 60 were injured.

Davao Police spokeswoman, Sr. Insp. Catherine dela Rey, and along with her team, said that EOD (explosive and ordnance division) teams were already in the area looking for pieces of evidence.

The Roxas Avenue is a night market area with ukay-ukay (thrift shop) and food vendors. Paolo Duterte, the mayor of Davao received information that the explosion came from an LPG tank but he said this still needs to be confirmed.

On the other hand, the witnesses said they heard one loud bang before 11 p.m. followed by smoke. They said the blast came from a massage area in the middle of the street. Many of the weekend shoppers were left bloodied and scurrying around — in shock over the blast.

Meanwhile, the wounded were carried on stretchers and brought to a nearby hospital.

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