Four wounded in grenade attacks in S. Philippines

11:07, May 17, 2010      

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Four people, including a child were hurt in a series of bomb attacks in a restive southern Philippines city over the weekend, military and police said on Monday.

The latest of the attacks happened on Sunday night, when unidentified gunmen lobbed a fragmentation grenade at the house of a village official in downtown Cotabato City, Lt. Col. Randolph Cabangbang, spokesman for the military's Eastern Mindanao Command, told Xinhua by cellphone.

"At around 10:40 p.m. unidentified suspects lobbed a hand grenade at the house of (village councilor) Bernard Carmilo. The official's 10-year old son was hurt from shrapnel and had to be rushed to the nearest hospital," Cabangbang said, adding a combined army, marine and police task force in the area is now conducting an investigation into the incident.

On Saturday, a grenade also exploded in Cotabato, wounding three persons, police said.

The local government under mayor Muslimin Sema has asked police for a thorough investigation into the incidents. Cabangbang said investigators are looking into personal grudges as possible motive behind the attacks.

Source: Xinhua
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