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1 menor nasugatan! Gov Salliman deplores Lamitan City blast

Basilan Governor Jim Salliman has condemned the explosion that rocked a gas station in Lamitan City, injuring a minor boy.

The provincial government said the victim happened to pass by the area when the blast occurred at around 6:47 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18.

Except for him, there was no other casualty nor serious damage to the gas station, it said.

Salliman ordered the security forces in the province to thoroughly investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice.

Meanwhile, the provincial government said Lamitan City Mayor Oric Furigay appealed to his constituents to stay calm and vigilant.

The mayor assured that the authorities were on top of the situation.

He also urged the people to report immediately to the police or military any presence of suspicious individuals or baggage in their community.

“Extortion was believed as (the) motive of the incident, where the gas station owner Bonjin Mateo has revealed that he received an extortion letter last month,” the provincial government said.

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