3 hurt in Cotabato City grenade blast

Arianne Apatan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 04 2017 01:30 AM

A grenade explosion left a hole in the garage roof of the house of Muamar Lidasan Mala early Friday morning. Arianne Apatan, ABS-CBN News

Cotabato City- A man and his two daughters were wounded in an explosion early Friday morning at Rosary Heights 6 in Cotabato City.

An employee of the local government unit of Matanog, Maguindanao identified as Muamar Lidasan Mala and his 2 daughters, 8 and 9 years old respectively, were wounded in the explosion at around 1:30 a.m.

The victims were sleeping when a loud blast was heard in their apartment.

The explosion left a big hole in the apartment’s garage roof, shattered a car window, and partially damaged the apartment.

PNP Station 1 commander Chief Insp. Carlo Jurinario said they cannot confirm yet if the family was the target of the blast.

"Hindi pa malaman kung target talaga ang family kasi ang pamilya na ito ay wala pang isang taon na ninirahan diyan kasi galing pala sila ng abroad. Inaalam natin kung related ba sa trabaho niya kasi LGU employee. Pa part nila wala naman daw threat," he said.

Police recovered fragments believed to be from a hand grenade. However, the safety pin wasn’t recovered in the area.

Jurinario said the explosion is an isolated case.