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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, July 16, 2014
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2 hurt in grenade blast

A grenade explosion caused slight injuries to two civilians but missed its alleged target in Brgy. Macagahay, Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental, Monday night.

However, Macagahay barangay captain Francisco Necesito, alias Ikoy, who was believed to be the target of the grenade thrower, and seven of his tanods, were unhurt, although shaken by the explosion, Senior Inspector Joemarie Occena, Moises Padilla police chief, said yesterday.

The two injured civilians, one of them a woman, whose identities were not available yesterday, suffered slight injuries, one on the left foot, and the other on the knee, Occena said.

Initial investigations of the Moises Padilla police showed that the blast site is about 10 to 15 meters away from the waiting shed, where Necesito and his tanods, and the two civilians, were taking shelter.

Occena said Necesito overheard the suspect saying “Patay na si Ikoy (Ikoy is already dead), after the explosion, which took place at about 10 p.m.

Before the incident, the group of Necesito came across several persons having a drinking spree, whom they told to go home, police investigations also showed.

Occena, however, said the suspected grenade thrower was not among those drinking.

The grenade-throwing incident was blamed on personal grudges.

On the same day, a certain Hernanie Santillan was shot with a firearm of unknown caliber at his residence in Purok Paradahan, Brgy. Pandanon Silos, Murcia.

Santillan, 45, succumbed to a gunshot wound in the forehead.

Senior Inspector Nortberto Barniso, Murcia police chief, said the two suspects were seen by witnesses to have boarded a Ceres Liner passenger bus bound for Bacolod City, after the incident.

The Murcia police is still establishing the motive for the shooting.*GPB

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