Cotabato mayor condemns rash of violence, orders police to dig deeper

December 27, 2012 11:32 am 

COTABATO CITY, Dec. 27 –- Cotabato City Mayor Japal Guiani Jr. has condemned the rash of violence that rocked the city on Wednesday as he ordered the police to thoroughly investigate and prevent recurrence of attack.

Guiani said there are people trying to disrupt the prevailing peace and order in the city.

On Thursday, police here have launched a city-wide manhunt against gunmen who ambushed a village official and his family Wednesday morning that left two dead and six wounded.

Supt. Marlow Martinez, deputy city police director, said the ambush against Barangay Chairman Amil Sula at about 6:00 a.m. took place a few meters away from police station No.2.

No one has claimed responsibility and Martinez quoted initial police investigation report that the ambush was due to a long-standing family feud.

Meanwhile, Ghani Uy, a former village councilman in Barangay Rosary Heights 4, was wounded on his feet when unidentified men tossed a hand grenade in his house along Ramon Rabago Street here at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday.

No one has claimed responsibility.

At about 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, police found an improvised explosive device left unattended beside police station No. 2 along Don Ramon Rabago Street.

The IED, fashioned from 60 mm mortar with mobile phone as trigger mechanism, went off while a bomb sniffing dog was checking on it, Martinez said.

The K-9 dog was slight hurt and is being treated by a veterinarian. (PNA)

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