• NCotabato grenade attack suspect hunted


    COTABATO CITY: Police authorities in North Cotabato are hunting down two suspects who tossed a hand grenade on a motorcycle loaded with passengers in Matalam town on Friday night.

    The recent attacked in Barangay Poblacion, Matalam in North Cotabato wounded five persons.

    Matalam town police director, Chief Insp. Sonny Leoncito identified the injured as tricycle driver Macmod Kanakan of Barangay Kilada, Matalam; Dandan Alam; Datu Dilangalen of Datu Montawala town in Maguindanao; Gerardo Peralta Jr of Makilala, North Cotabato; and Sharon Diazof Matalam.

    The victims were on board a tricycle driven by Kanakan.

    Police believed Kanakan was the target of two motorcycle riding men who tossed the explosive while the tricycle was heading to the town center.

    He told police investigators that shortly before the attack, he noticed two or three motorbikes tailing on him.

    Kanakan, however, told police he had no known enemies and that he could not see any reason why he was subjected to grenade attack.

    Matalam is a town adjacent to Kabacan that was rocked by a five grenade attacks, leaving six persons wounded two weeks ago.

    The prime suspect Omar Sultan, alias “Gani Manok,” believed to be the leader of local gun for hire syndicate was arrested by North Cotabato police during a raid.

    His companions remained at large.

    Leoncito could not say whether or not the suspects in Kabacan grenade attacks were the same group that carried Friday night’s bombing in Matalam.



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