Two hurt in grenade attack in S Philippines

13:16, May 21, 2010      

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Two persons were wounded in a bomb attack in a southern Philippine town, police said on Friday.

The grenade explosion in a karaoke joint in Poblacion village, in Pikit town on Thursday could be due to personal grudges, according to Chief Inspector Bernard Tayong, town police chief.

Tayong said the incident happened at 7:30 p.m. following a heated altercation between several customers.

Investigators said some of those involved in the verbal tussle left and several minutes later two persons on a motorcycle arrived and lobbed a fragmentation grenade at the establishment, causing the explosion.

The suspects left minutes before the blast.

The attack was the second to have hit Pikit in May alone, and the fifth incident this year.

A day before the May 10 polls, unidentified men also bombed a mosque there, killing a worshipper and injuring several others, including three Muslim religious leaders, who were doing their evening prayers.

Police and military officials said that attack was not election- related.

Source: Xinhua


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