MANILA – Two men allegedly behind a grenade blast in front of Manila Police District Station 1 in Tondo on Thursday have been arrested.
Police arrested the two suspects, who were armed and on board a motorcycle. Investigators said they will verify whether the grenade throwers caught by a closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera and the arrested suspects were the same.
No one was hurt in yesterday's blast, but a car owned by MPD Station 1 commander Supt. Julius Añonuevo caught fire.
Some motorcycles parked outside the police station were also hit.
The Manila police bomb squad said the grenade used had a 40 to 50-meter casualty range.
Añonuevo suspects he is the target of the suspects.
''Based sa assesment ko, nakita niyo naman ang sasakyan ko, mukhang ako yung target. Ang nakikita naming [dahilan] dito ay iyung massive campaign namin against illegal drugs and then yung mga criminal group sa aming area of responsibility,'' Añonuevo said.
Investigators, meanwhile, said they will look into the connection between yesterday's blast to another grenade lobbing incident in front of Police Community Precinct 1 along Road 10 in Vitas, Tondo last March 20.
Three people were wounded in the March 20 blast while six vehicles, including one owned by police, were damaged.
Police investigators are looking into revenge by criminals as one of the reasons behind the blast.
They noted that a police operation in the area on March 19 resulted in the death of a certain "Badjao," an alleged member of a criminal group. – report from Francis Faulve, ABS-CBN News