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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesMonday, December 9, 2013
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Widow injured
in grenade blast

A widow was seriously injured and was rushed to the hospital after a grenade exploded in her home in Barangay Candauay, Dumaguete City at about 3 a.m. yesterday, in what police say was a case of mistaken target.

Supt. James Goforth, Dumaguete police chief, said Elvie Baldoza, 39, was alone in her house when two men riding in tandem on a motorcycle approached, broke the window glass jalousies and lobbed a fragmentation hand grenade inside.

He added that, based on initial investigation, the real target was a man suspected to be a drug pusher, and who lived next door in the duplex house.

Goforth said the man, whose identity he refused to divulge, is a suspected drug personality, who was being hunted down for allegedly being unable to remit his dues in the illegal trade.

He said the man had received a text message through his mother’s cellular phone, telling him to get out of the house and meet some persons sent to collect the remittances.

The target had already left the house and had taken shelter nearby when he saw two men on a motorcycle approaching the duplex house and throwing the grenade, Goforth said.

He said they have arrested the motorcycle driver, whose identity is also being withheld, pending the filing of charges today. The back-rider, who lobbed the grenade and is still at large, will be included in the criminal complaint, Goforth said.*JFP

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