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5 hurt in grenade blast in Cotabato

By: - Reporter / @JohnMRoson
/ 08:24 PM November 14, 2015

Five people were hurt when a grenade lobbed by motorcycle-riding men exploded near a public market in Kabacan, North Cotabato, Saturday evening, police said.

Injured were Berlie Baluyot, 46; Rosalie Parenas, 36; John Clark Opena, 13; Gerardo Moya, 48; and Johainna Pops Alon, 17, North Cotabato provincial police spokesperson Supt. Bernard Tayong said.

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They were brought to different hospitals due to wounds to the legs, head, chest, and back, he said.

The explosion occurred around 6:30 p.m. at the corner of Rizal Avenue and Malvar Street, which leads to the public market.

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Two men on a blue motorcycle were seen lobbing the grenade before speeding off toward Malvar Street, Tayong said in a text message.

Local police are now trying to determine the attackers’ identities, whereabouts, and motive, he said.

Saturday’s explosion occurred just a few days after still unidentified men lobbed a grenade that exploded near a newly set up police outpost in Brgy. Kayaga, also in Kabacan, on Wednesday.

The previous incident left a 4-year-old boy injured.

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