Two men riding tandem on a motorbike launched a daring grenade-throwing sortie here on Saturday night, targeting police and Army detachments and a patrolling military vehicle that left one civilian wounded, the police said.
The first grenade attack occurred at a police detachment in Barangay Tamontaka 2, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao at past 7 p.m. Nobody was hurt.
Policemen on motorbikes chased the suspects who made good their escape.
Shortly before 8 p.m., the same suspects tossed a hand grenade at a military vehicle of the Army Special Forces Battalion conducting patrol along
The blast damaged a restaurant’s glass panes and wounded a certain Dalmacio Villa who was rushed to the Cotabato Regional and
. Medical Center
An Army truck driver said he noticed a motorbike with two men on board overtook his truck. The back rider hurled a grenade toward the driver side as the Army truck was in motion passing by in front of Aling Precy Restaurant along
“We were lucky the grenade bumped off the glass window and few seconds later a loud explosions occurred,” he told reporters.
“They immediately sped away. We chased the suspects but traffic along
prevented us from catching up with them,” the Army truck driver, who asked not
to be named, added.
He said his companions could not fire at the fleeing suspects as there were many civilians and vehicles along the highway.
The suspects fled toward
Notre Dame Ave. where they left behind an
improvised explosive device (IED) in front of the Special Forces detachment in
Barangay Rosary Heights 2.
Senior Insp. Efren Salazar, Police Station 1 chief, said the IED, fashioned from 60 mm mortar, did not explode. It was safely defused by police bomb experts.
As of posting, police and Army bomb experts are still conducting post-blast investigations.
No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Military intelligence agents believed the perpetrators could be newly recruit members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) on test mission.