3 kids among 15 hurt in SKudarat bombing

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COTABATO CITY, Maguindanao: Fifteen people, including three minor children, were wounded in a grenade explosion near the provincial capitol compound in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat on Saturday night.

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Police said the explosion occurred at around 8:00 p.m., while people were at an agri-trade fair along the Isulan-Tacurong national highway in front of Sultan Kudarat provincial hospital and the capitol compound.

Sultan Kudarat provincial police director Senior Supt. Danny Reyes said of the 15 victims report, only 10 have been identified as of press time Sunday.

They were Abix Sandigan, 33; Almashir Ibrahim, 22; Sahid Salendab, 27; Marissa Villanueva, 30; Anne Janet Latip, 21; Lily Beth Ferolino, 45; Linda Baltazar, 49; Regina Dela Rosa, 14, and her six-year-old sibling, Darius, Darius Dela Rosa; and another 11-year-old named Jasper Lindah.

No one has claimed responsibility over the heinous attack as of Sunday but police and military authorities are tracking down at least two suspects who lobbed the grenades.

Recovered from blast site were fragmentations of unidentified hand grenade and other “unexploded grenade.”

Sultan Kudarat and Maguindanao were holding activities for separate commemorative celebrations of their 42nd foundation anniversary through “Kalimudan” (communal thanksgiving) festival.

The Saturday night bombing in Isulan is the fifth bombing incident in Central Mindanao in just two weeks.

It was preceded by four immediate grenade attacks in Central Mindanao, thrice in Kabacan, North Cotabato, and another in Cotabato City, wounding eight people all, two of them members of the Army’s 5th Special Forces Battalion.

Meanwhile, Col. Mel Feliciano, commanding officer of the Army’s 601st Brigade, said their intelligence operatives are now helping the police conducting investigation on the incident.

The 601st Brigade has jurisdiction over Isulan and surrounding areas in Sultan Kudarat province.

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