Cops hunt down grenade attacker in North Cotabato

December 7, 2014 1:29 pm 

By Edwin O. Fernandez

PIKIT, North Cotabato, Dec 7 (PNA) — Police here have launched a manhunt against two men who fired a rifle grenade toward a house that wounded a sub-village chairperson, authorities said.

Senior Inspector Sindato Karim, Pikit police chief, identified the sub-village chair as Mantol Mamulindas, 43, leader of Purok Sunshine, Barangay Poblacion.

Karim, citing police investigation, said that two men were seen by witnesses riding tandem on a motorbike passing by the house of Mamulindas and fired an M-79 grenade launcher on the victim's house.

He was standing in front of his home when the attacker fired the grenade. Mamulindas sustained injuries on his knees and legs.

Karim said the victim's house was also damaged by the shrapnel.

Police said Pikit was experiencing rotational brownout at the time of the grenade attack.

Members of the bomb experts of the 7th Infantry Battalion based in Pikit immediately conducted a post blast investigation.

Karim said Army bomb experts recovered fragments of 40 mm anti-tank grenade from from a launcher few meters away from the victim's house.

Karim said personal grudge could be the motive of the attack since Mamulindas has been receiving threats from still unidentified men.

The victim is now recuperating at a clinic in Poblacion Pikit. (PNA)



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