Sunday, February 21, 2016

2 killed in blast in Southern Philippines

From the Mindanao Examiner (Feb 21): 2 killed in blast in Southern Philippines

A grenade explosion late Sunday has killed at least 2 people and injured over a dozen others in Sultan Kudarat province in southern Philippines, reports said.

It said the blast in Esperanza town occurred barely two days after security forces disarmed an improvised explosive in President Quirino town also in Sultan Kudarat.

Two grenades had been tossed to a crowd, but only one exploded and killed the two. The explosion injured at least 14 people.

The attack coincided with the town’s Catholic feast. No individual or group claimed responsibility for the attack.

The explosion occurred just as troops were battling Moro Islamic Liberation Front members in the town of Butig in Lanao del Sur province in the restive Muslim autonomous region in Mindanao.

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