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Blasts hit 2 Maguindanao towns as voting starts

 • 17:45 PM Mon May 9, 2016
Radyo Bida

COTABATO CITY (May 9) – Blast rocked a voting center
in Pagalungan, Maguindanao while a reelectionist mayor was casting his vote
Monday morning.

Senior Inspector Blayn Lumase, chief of Pagalungan
police, said the explosion believed to be from a rifle grenade launcher occurred
at about 7:30 a.m. while voting was on going in Mamasabulod Elementary School.

Nobody was hurt in the blast, Lumase said but it
sent fears among voters. Few minutes
later, voting resumed.

In Datu Unsay town, two explosions were reported at
the town center at 7 p.m. Sunday, Radyo Bida reported.

Two more explosions hit a waiting shed fronting the
town’s public market where voting was to start at 7 a.m. Monday, killing one

Police identified the fatality asHabiri Katapukan of Sultan sa Barongis, Maguindanao. He was killed when a man fired rifle grenade toward the town public market where voting was taking place at 7 a.m. Monday.Police said Tarhana Manampan, also from Sultan sa Barongis, was injured during the grenade attack.Soldiers and police officers secure the town center
where the public market, covered court and terminal were located.

Voting was going on despite the explosions that
preceded election process.

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