Blasts rock 6 schools in southern PH’s Maguindanao province


MAGUINDANAO: Simultaneous blasts rocked six public schools – all enlisted as among the poll centers for the May 9 elections – in Sultan Mastura town in this province before dawn Wednesday, with the police saying they have yet to identify the suspects.

Senior Inspector Wendylyn Banico, police chief of Sultan Mastura, told reporters that no one was reported hurt in the attacks, which triggered panic among the residents.

He added that bullet holes and grenade crater were found in the hit schools.

The schools were identified as Tapayan Central School, Dagurungan Elementary School, Tuka Elementary School, Darping Elementary School, Tareken Primary, and Simuay Seashore Elementary School.

Banico said the police recovered from the explosion sites metallic fragments, disintegrated blue plastic container, two grenade safety levers, and empty shells of various calibers.

He added that an investigation was under way as for the real motive of the crime, while the police were likewise looking at the possibility that it could also be an election-related incident.

No individual or groups have so far claimed responsibility for the daring attacks that happened two weeks before the synchronized local and national elections. MOH SAADUDDIN



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