Grenade blast rocks North Cotabato

By Albashir Saiden, ABS-CBN News Central Mindanao

Posted at Jul 02 2014 08:08 PM | Updated as of Jul 03 2014 04:08 AM

COTABATO CITY - A loud explosion of a hand grenade caused panic among residents of Purok Sampaloc, Barangay Mother Bagua, Cotabato City on Wednesday morning.

Cotabato City Police Precinct 4 Deputy Chief Insp. Alexander de Pedro said the grenade was thrown by a still unidentified suspect just 5 hours after a shooting incident in the same area.

"Bago ang pagsabog, isang lalaki yung binaril doon din sa area," De Pedro said.

"So, siguro, the explosion was due to retaliation ng kamag-anak nung binaril," he said.

The slain man was identified as Mohamed Modin, a 30-year-old sidewalk vendor and a resident of Poblacion 7, Cotabato City.

Authorities believe illegal drug trade is behind the incidents.

"Yung victim kasi is known by the community as a drug user and also a pusher daw," De Pedro said.

Modin is the first victim of a shooting incident in the city during the Ramadan season.