SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao -- Unidentified men riding in tandem on a motorbike lobbed a hand grenade inside the residential compound of a former Maguindanao board member here on Tuesday night, police said.
Nobody was hurt in the incident as the grenade did not go off, said Chief Inspector Jonathan de Gracia, Shariff Aguak police chief.
"But it sent fears among the household members," De Gracia said.
Quoting members of the family of former Maguindanao Board Member Yasser Ampatuan, De Gracia said they heard a loud thud at past 9:45 p.m. inside the compound.
When checked, they found a live hand grenade, he said, adding that 45th Infantry Battalion bomb disposal team members safely took custody of the explosive.
“Wala kaming kalaban, wala kaming kaaway (We have no known enemies),” De Gracia quoted one of the family members as telling investigators.
Motive the grenade attack and its perpetrators remained unknown.
The grenade throwing incident came a day after unidentified men believed to be members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) hurled a hand grenade in Barangay Nabundas in nearby town of
, Maguindanao while govenrment
forces were proceeding to an area where the BIFF has been harassing civilians. Mamasapano
No one was hurt in that incident.
Earlier, three BIFF members were killed in a clash with government forces in Barangay Nabundas. Two soldiers were also slightly wounded.