• Grenade explodes in house of Maguindanao ex-mayor


    COTABATO CITY: Unidentified men fired a rifle grenade that landed inside the residential compound of Mayor Sahara Upham Ampatuan of Shariff Aguak Friday night, police said.

    Senior Inspector Jonathan De Garcia, Shariff Aguak police chief, said nobody was hurt in the blast inside the residence of the former town mayor.

    Mayor Upham Ampatuan was not in her home since she no longer runs the affairs of the local government after she went absence without official leave (AWOL).

    Her vice mayor, Datu Marop Ampatuan, is now the acting mayor.

    De Gracia said the rifle grenade attack occurred around 8:15 while the town was experiencing power outage.

    The grenade, fired from a distance, landed in the garage area of the Ampatuan home.

    Her daughter, Shariff Aguak town councilor Bai Anhara Ampatuan, was inside the house but unharmed.

    De Gracia said investigation is still ongoing.

    Mayor Sahara Umpham Ampatuan is the wife of former town Mayor Anwar Ampatuan who is detained in Bicutan along with his father, Maguindanao ex-Gov. Andal Ampatuan Sr, his brother Andal Jr. and Zaldy, facing charges on the November 23, 2009 massacre in Ampatuan, Maguindanao that claimed the lives of 58 people, 32 of them media workers.

    Last night’s grenade attack was the fourth in seven days.

    Three grenade attacks occurred in at least three areas in Shariff Aguak, the bailiwick of the Ampatuan clan. PNA


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