MANILA, Philippines - A Marine corporal was hurt in a grenade blast near the Jolo Cathedral in Sulu province minutes before midnight struck on New Year's Eve.
Lt. Col. Romeo Brawner, Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesperson, a grenade was lobbed and exploded at the People's Commercial on Ariolas Street corner Boyon Street, Barangay Walled City in Jolo around 11:20 p.m. Thursday.
Brawner said Marine Corporal Dennis Hernandez was injured after he caught shrapnel at the back of his left thigh. The soldier has been brought to a military hospital's trauma center.
The injured soldier was part of a team assigned to secure the Jolo Cathedral, which was only 30 meters away from the blast site.
The military has been securing the cathedral since a similar attack by a local terrorist on the cathedral two months ago. With a report from Noel Alamar, radio dzMM