8 hurt in grenade blast

The Philippine Star - - NATION - – John Un­son

MAGUINDANAO – Eight per­sons, in­clud­ing a mayor, were wounded in a grenade ex­plo­sion at a mosque in Talayan town yes­ter­day.

Datu Ang­gal Mayor Nathaniel Mid­tim­bang and his fa­ther Kagui Ali, 62, had just emerged from the mosque after an oblig­a­tory prayer when uniden­ti­fied men on two mo­tor­cy­cles hurled two grenades.

Datu Anang Mu­pak, Sandy Aron, Manap Balu­mol and three others iden­ti­fied only as Kasim, Mar­cos and Makalanga were also wounded when one of the grenades went off.

The victims were taken to the Notre Dame Hospi­tal in Cotabato City.

Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Agustin Tello, Maguindanao po­lice di­rec­tor, said one of the mo­tor­cy­cles used in the at­tack was found aban­doned along the high­way in Barangay Ma­payag in Datu Ang­gal.

Au­ton­o­mous Re­gion in Mus­lim Min­danao Gov. Mu­jiv Hata­man or­dered ARMM po­lice di­rec­tor Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Reuben Theodore Sin­dac to over­see the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the at­tack.

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