Cops tag 2 'persons of interest' in Zamboanga mosque blast

RJ Rosalado, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 30 2019 11:47 PM

Police have identified two persons of interest in the bloody grenade blast at a mosque in Zamboanga City Wednesday.

Senior Superintendent Thomas Joseph Martir, Zamboanga City Police Office director, said they are gathering more evidence and testimonies from witnesses before formal charges are filed.

Martir has yet to elaborate on the motive behind the grenade attack, adding that their investigation is still on going.

Two people were killed while 4 others were injured in the grenade attack, the second explosion in southwestern Mindanao in four days.

Two unidentified men lobbed a grenade at the mosque in Sitio Logoy Diutay, Barangay Talon-talon past midnight Wednesday, said Col. Leonel Nicolas, commander of Joint Task Force Zamboanga. 

The victims, most of whom were Muslim religious leaders from Basilan and nearby provinces, were sleeping when the explosion occurred, police said.