• 2 killed, 11 wounded in Zamboanga grenade attack

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    ZAMBOANGA CITY: Two people were killed and at least 11 others wounded in a grenade attack on a coastal village in Zamboanga City in southern Philippines, police said.

    Police chief Senior Superintendent Dennis Basngi said 11 people were wounded in the attack late Monday.

    Police said the attack occurred at the house of Diosterides Librado, the village chieftain of Ayala. Most of the victims were candidates running for the special village elections this month.

    “The victims were having a meeting with their leaders and supporters when the attack occurred,” Chief Inspector Ariel Huesca, a regional police spokesman, told The Manila Times.

    Citing an initial police report, Huesca said the attack was carried out by two motorcycle men. “Police are still investigating the motive of the attack and the identity of the grenade throwers,” he said.

    The wounded, including Librado, were rushed to the hospital, but the village secretary and a councilman were killed in the blast.

    It was unknown whether the attack was connected to political rivalry or not. No individual or group claimed responsibility for the grenade attack.

    Huesca said policemen were deployed to hunt down the assailants. Al Jacinto

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