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BREAKINGand (Update) Rifle grenade fired at Cotabato City Army detachment, soldier died, another hurt

Local News • 04:54 AM Fri Aug 21, 2015
Ferdinand Cabrera and Edwin Fernandez
The roof of Special Forces guard house along ND Avenue in Barangay RH-2 was destroyed in a rifle grenade attack on August 20. (Photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera)

COTABATO CITY - Two members ofArmy Special Forces manning a checkpoint along Notre Dame Avenue in Barangay Rosary Heighst 2, Cotabato Citywas wounded when a rifle grenade, fired from nowhere, landed in a guard house Thursday evening.Colonel Ranulfo Sevilla, SAF battalion commander, said the rifle grenade landed atop the SAF guard house at about 730 p.m.that left two soldiers on duty wounded.(The critically wounded SAF member expired at the hospital more than an hour after the blast).Manhunt operation has been on going while bomb experts and members of the Scene of the Crime Operatives are still conducting post blast investigation.No one has claimed responsibility.It was the second harassment against Special Forces based in Cotabato City since April.On April 18,Motorcycle-riding gunmen attempted to bomb a police outpost, a moving Army truck and a battalion detachment all within an hour here and in neighboring Datu Odin Sinsuat town but missed their targets.The attacks in succession leftone person injured.At around 7:05 p.m. Saturday (April 18), motorcycle-riding gunmen lobbed a grenade near a police outpost along the national highway in Barangay Tamontaka 2, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao but no one was injured.Police reports said the suspects lobbed the grenade while approaching the police station.At about 7:50 p.m., the samemotorcycle-riding men intentionally overtook a KM truck of the Army’s Special Forces one security patrol along Sinsuat Avenue in Cotabato Ciy, and lobbed a grenade. The grenade hitdriver’s window.Minutes later, two men in motorbike tossed an improvised explosive device at the SF detachment along Notre Dame Avenue in BarangayRosary Heights2, the same detachment attached tonight.The April 18 explosive failed to go off. It was later defused by police and Amry bomb experts.

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