5 hurt in Cotabato
grenade attack

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KIDAPAWAN CITY: Five persons were injured when an unidentified suspect lobbed a hand grenade and exploded in the town of Carmen, North Cotabato on Friday evening, authorities said.

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Police identified the victims as David Orteza, Joel Aragon, Henry Nobleza, Darwin Ortiz and an unidentified child — all residents in nearby Kabacan.

Chief Inspector Julius Malcontento, Carmen chief of police, told reporters that the explosion happened at a house in Purok Pag-asa in the village of Gen. Luna about 6:45 p.m.

Malcontento said the victims were having a dinner when the grenade was thrown at them.

Responding police chased the lone-attacker who managed to escape, he said.

Initial investigation showed that a land dispute could be the reason for the grenade-throwing incident, Malcontento said. MOH SAADUDDIN

 

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