Two incidents of grenade bombings in Cotabato injures 8 persons

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Two incidents of grenade bombings over the weekend in Cotabato City and North Cotabato province by still unknown suspects injures 8 persons.

Police authorities have launched a manhunt against four men who carried out bombing attacks in Cotabato City and Kabacan, North Cotabato that injured eight persons, including two soldiers and two minors, on Saturday night.

North Cotabato police provincial office spokesperson Supt. Bernard Tayong said on Sunday the manhunt is conducted jointly by the police and Army’s 7th Infantry Battalion.

“We are pursuing the attackers, we have initial information about their identities,” Tayong said of the Kabacan grenade attack which occurred at 6:30 p.m.

Tayong said two men riding on a motorbike lobbed a hand grenade at the corner of Rizal Avenue and Malvar Street in Kabacan about 6:30 in the evening. Wounded were Johainna Pops Alon, 17; Berlie Baluyot, 46; Rosalie Parenas, 36; John Clark Opena, 13; and Gerardo Moya, 48, all residents of Poblacion Kabacan.

Tayong said the suspects sped toward Barangay Kayaga, also in Kabacan. He said the motive of the attack and the perpetrators remained unknown.

At past 7:30 p.m., Senior Supt. Raul Supiter, Cotabato City police director, said a blast occurred in front of a parked cargo truck along Sinsuat Avenue after a grenade was lobbed by two men riding tandem on a motorbike.

Two soliders were injured from a military truck conducting a rotuine patrol which was passing at the time. Injured were PFC Romer Agustin, 27, and PFC Noel Ganab, 28, both of the Army Special Forces Battalion. Also injured by the blast was student Mohaimen Biron, 21.

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