7 injured as explosion hits General Santos City

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 16) — At least seven people were injured after an improvised explosive device went off in General Santos City Sunday noon.

According to Lt. Col. Ezra Balagtey, spokesperson of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Eastern Mindanao Command, the explosion occurred at 11:55 a.m. along the national highway in Barangay Apopong.

The victims, he said, are not in critical condition as they were just "slightly wounded."

Authorities have yet to identify the suspects and motive behind the incident as of writing.

The explosion happened despite the ongoing implementation of martial law in Mindanao.

Malacanang condemned the incident and assured that authorities are looking into it.

"This (explosion) comes at an unfortunate time when the nation is reeling from the effects of Ompong. Authorities are now conducting an investigation. We vow to bring the perpetrators of this brazen attack to justice," it said in a statement.

The Philippine National Police (PNP), meanwhile, said it is conducting necessary moves to capture the people behind the "dastardly and vicious act."

"We join the entire Filipino nation in strong condemnation of this senseless act of terror for whatever motive its perpetrators may have," PNP chief Oscar Albayalde said in a statement.

"We likewise enjoin our citizens to continue to remain calm but vigilant as we tackle together this scourge of terrorism in our midst," he added.