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Manila: At least 14 persons were killed and 67 others injured in an explosion at a market in Philippines’ Davao city, police officials said on Saturday.

The casualty figures were based on the latest information from area hospitals, Police Station Commander Milgrace Driz told EFE news.

“Based on initial investigation, police found a shrapnel from a mortar-based improvised explosive device,” Communication Secretary Martin Andanar said.

The explosion occurred on Friday around 11.00 p.m. at a busy night market in the city centre.

The Abu Sayyaf terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the deadly blast, according to Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mike Sueno on Saturday

Abu Rami, a spokesman for Abu Sayyaf, confirmed the news to local Radio DZMM. However, it was unclear how the spokesman informed the radio station.

Speaking early Saturday morning, President Rodrigo Duterte, former mayor of Davao city, said that fighting terrorism and the drug trade would require “a state of lawless violence”.

“It’s not martial law but it would require nationwide, well-coordinated efforts of the military and the police,” he said in a televised interview, adding that major checkpoints would be set up on all roads leading out of the city.

The President visited the blast site around 4 a.m.

He was in the city at the time of the blast but did not suffer any injuries.

Police in capital Manila were also on red alert.

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Jammu, 13 Oct : Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehbooba Mufti was on Tuesday released from detention. “PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti is being released from detention,” said Jammu and Kashmir administration spokesperson Rohit Kansal.

A government order issued on Tuesday night said her detention was being revoked with immediate effect.

The Jammu and Kashmir administration in July had extended her detention by three months under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA).

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SAD breaks alliance with BJP Leaves NDA in protest against farmers ordinance

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Chandigarh, 26 Sep : The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has severed its alliance with the BJP. The Akali Dal had a 22-year-old alliance with the BJP.

The decision was taken after a meeting of the Akali Dal’s Kaur Committee which lasted for more than four hours today. Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal addressed the press after the meeting and announced that he would no longer be a part of BJP-NDA.

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