A militiaman was killed while another one was wounded when a grenade stuffed in a sack bearing a New People's Army (NPA) 46th anniversary greetings exploded in Barangay Poblacion, T'boli town,
Cotabato at 6:45 a.m. Sunday.
Capt. Rey Balibagoso, 1002nd Infantry Brigade public affairs officer, said the militiamen are members of the Spring Detachment deployed in Barangay Poblacion.
He declined to name the victims pending notification of their next-of-kin.
Balibagoso said the two militiamen were patrolling along the barangay road when they spotted the sack with the rebel anniversary greetings. As they were removing it, the grenade exploded, killing one of them on the spot and severely wounding the other.
"The attack was not command-detonated, and could have easily victimized any individual or barangay official passing on the public road," Balibagoso said.
"This incident again manifests the violent nature of the communists. The terror attack was carried out even as the people of
South Cotabato begin to commemorate the Holy Week this
Palm Sunday. The lawless armed elements always celebrate their anniversary with
more killings and terror acts, as they measure success by the degree of
suffering inflicted on our people," he added.