3 hurt in grenade attack on police detachment in Lamitan City

January 1, 2013 2:55 pm 

CAMP SK PENDATUN, Maguindanao, Jan. 1 –- Police in Basilan have launched a province-wide manhunt against two men who tossed a hand grenade at a police detachment in Lamitan City Monday night that left three persons wounded.

Lamitan City police director Sr. Insp. Kenneth Balisang,in his report to Philippine National Police regional office for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao(PNP-ARMM) here, said the grenade attack occurred while members of the PNP Regional Public Safety Company was conducting inspection on motorists.

Lamitan is within the jurisdiction of PNP-ARMM.

He said the two policemen and a passerby sustained minor injuries and are out of danger.

Balisang said he personally received information that heavily armed men believed to be members of the extremist Abu Sayyaf were to pass by Rizal Avenue in Lamitan where the PNP checkpoint was located.

Because of the intelligence report, Balisang led an inspection of all motorists when two men riding in tandem on a motorbike tossed a hand grenade and sped away.

Citing intelligence reports, Balisang said the attackers could be ASG members who were disrupted with the conduct of police checkpoints.

The Lamitan City PNP and the police regional public safety battalion had been placed on heightened alert following the grenade attack.(PNA)

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