5 wounded in Davao grenade attack

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DAVAO CITY: Five people were wounded when a grenade exploded on Thursday afternoon in Davao City, the hometown of President Rodrigo Duterte.

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Police said the blast rocked the village of Lamanan in Calinan district.

Fragments of an MK2 grenade were recovered from the scene, reportedly lobbed by two men riding a motorcycle at a passing government vehicle and fleeing before the grenade exploded.

The identities of the victims were not immediately known.

No individual yet has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Mayor Sarah Duterte-Carpio has ordered the police to investigate the incident.

“I have already ordered Police Supt. Michael John Dubria, of the Davao City Police Office, to conduct a thorough probe into the grenade blast in Calinan that injured five civilians Thursday afternoon. Rest assured, the police are on top of this isolated incident,” she said.

“And we reassure everybody that there is no reason to worry about the security in Davao City. This is purely isolated,” Carpio, daughter of President Duterte, added.

Photos taken from the scene showed a woman lying on the road with blood oozing from her head.

Four other men also lay wounded from shrapnel wounds near a tricycle just across a market while policemen helped them.

Al Jacinto

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