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Marawi bombing injuries climb to 72 - OCD

Metro Manila, December 6 ------ At least 72 people were hurt after a fatal bombing attack tore through a Catholic mass at a gymnasium in Marawi City, the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) reported. Out of the 72 injuries, the OCD said five patients are currently confined at Amai Pakpak Medical Center; two were transferred to Misamis Oriental Hospital and Iligan City; 12 are admitted at the Mindanao State University (MSU) Infirmary Clinic; and 53 have been discharged from medical facilities. Authorities earlier reported that there were four fatalities from the blast. 


As on Monday, the OCD said 15,746 were affected by the explosion, with 893 students either transported back to their respective homes assisted by local government units or awaiting transport at the MSU campus gymnasium. Students must first sign a waiver to be processed by the Supreme Student Government and MSU Marawi Campus before they will be allowed to go home, it added.  


According to the OCD, the current situation in the capital of Lanao del Sur is "already stable," but there is still lingering fear among affected individuals given the traumatic experience associated during the Marawi Siege. The Armed Forces of the Philippines on Monday said the incident was possibly a retaliatory attack following the military's successful neutralization of local terrorist groups in Mindanao. AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Romeo Brawner also gave assurance that terrorists are unlikely to launch a similar attack to the Marawi siege in 2017 since they have dwindled in number. 



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