Grenade attack injures 8 in southern Philippines

 21 Jun 2016 - 12:57

Grenade attack injures 8 in southern Philippines
Zamboanga: photo: google map

By Roy Ramos
ZAMBOANGA CITY, the Philippines: Philippine authorities confirmed Tuesday that six police officers and two civilians were wounded after a grenade was thrown at a police station in southern Sarangani province. 
Regional police spokesman Supt. Romeo Galgo cited a report from Maasim town’s police station as saying that an unidentified attacker riding a motorcycle lobbed an object inside a government complex, which the officers were securing Monday night for a local festival.
“It turned out to be a grenade and it exploded near the spot where the victims were situated,” the state-run Philippine News Agency quoted Galgo as saying.
The victims wounded near the police station in the complex -- among whom were a nurse and a motorcycle taxi driver -- were transported to different hospitals in nearby General Santos City. One of the policemen is reportedly in a critical condition. 
Galgo said no one has claimed responsibility for the attack and investigators are looking at a number of angles, including an attempt to disrupt the town’s festivities.
“We are considering all possible angles at this time,” he underlined.
Sarangani is among the strongholds of a communist insurgency where the New People's Army -- the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) -- has been waging a guerrilla war.
The country’s one-time largest Muslim rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), also operates in the province.
The MILF is involved in an ongoing peace process with the government, and incoming President Rodrigo Duterte has made overtures toward the CPP since winning the May 9 election.