Bomb blast hits Davao City night market

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 02 2016 11:37 PM | Updated as of Sep 03 2016 05:15 AM

DAVAO CITY (2nd UPDATE) - A bomb exploded at a night market in Davao City Friday night, initial reports said.

At least 30 people were injured by the blast that hit Roxas Avenue in Davao City around 10 p.m., according to Davao City police Insp. Katherine Dela Rey. 

Some of the victims were brought to the Southern Philippines Medical Center. Police have cordoned off Roxas Avenue.

The city government of Davao, in a Facebook post, said the explosion "left a number of people dead and several others wounded."

It added that Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte asked people in the area to go home and bars to close down. 

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said initial reports state that shrapnel from a mortar round were recovered in the area. "It's an improvised explosive device, from a mortar na IED."

Police are still investigating what caused the explosion. - with reports from Paul Palacio and Melanie Severino, ABS-CBN News; Jasper Magoncia, DXAB