MANILA – The governor of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) on Saturday denounced the extremist Abu Sayyaf as the "biggest traitor of Islam," in the aftermath of a deadly bomb attack in Davao City that the group has claimed.
The explosion in the city's Roxas night market on Friday left 14 people killed and 67 others wounded and prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to place the entire country under a "state of lawlessness."
"Their activities are purely betrayal of the values and principles we hold dear as a peace-loving people. Islam does not condone the spilling of blood," ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman said in a statement on Saturday.
Abu Sayyaf spokesman Abu Rami earlier said the attack was a "call for unity" with Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria as he warned of similar strikes.
National Police Chief Ronald dela Rosa said the extremist group's claim has not been verified.