Grenade blast kills wife of Basilan village chief



ZAMBOANGA CITY – A wife of a village chieftain was killed and another injured in a grenade explosion Wednesday in Basilan, officials said.

The blast in the house of Reynaldo delos Santos in Barangay Matibay, Lamitan City, killed Sapiya Mansul, wife of Gais Mansul, the village chieftain of Sibago Island off Mohamad Ajul town in Basilan.

No other details were made available by the military, but other reports said an unidentified man tossed the grenade in the house. It was unknown whether the target of the attack was the house owner or Mansul.

No individual or group claimed responsibility for the blast, but violence and gun attacks are not uncommon in Basilan, one of five provinces under the Muslim autonomous region, where rebels are actively operating and clan war and family feud remain a serious problem in peace and order situation in the area.





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