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Police ammo dump explodes in Davao City

DAVAO CITY – A powerful explosion inside a police camp on Saturday morning destroyed an ammunition dump and forced civilians to flee in President Duterte’s hometown in southern Philippines.

Colonel Alexander Tagum, commander of the Davao City police force, said they were investigating the powerful blast in the dump where seized explosives and grenades, including vintage bombs were being stored.

“We cannot speculate right now on what cause the explosion. Our EODs and investigating the blast. There was no report of casualties in the explosion,” he told reporters outside the police camp later in the day.

He said the facility also stored UXO or unexploded ordnance, but it was unclear whether the blast was accidental or not. Tagum said members of the the local and regional EOD or Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams were tasked to investigate the explosion. (With a report from Rhoderick Beñez.)


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