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Security up following rifle grenade attack in Cotabato City Army base

Local News • 16:36 PM Fri Aug 21, 2015
John Unson
Bomb experts conduct post blast investigation near a guard house where the rifle grenade landed Thursday night (Aug. 20) that killed a soldier and wounded another.( Ferdinandh Cabrera)

COTABATO CITY -- Soldiers stationed here have been placed on alert following a rifle grenade attack of a sentry post of the Army's Special ForcesThursday night that left a soldier dead and wounded another.Responding ordnance operatives said a shoulder-fire grenade was used in the attack, possibly fired from either a nearby 20-meter high flyover artery overlooking the spot, or from an intersection about 50 meters away.The slain soldier,Private 1stClass Philip Palino, who sustained multiple shrapnel wounds, died while undergoing medication at a public hospital here.Lt. Col. Ranulfo Sevilla, commanding officer of the 5thSF Battalion, said the wounded soldier, PFC Marvin Ona, has returned to their camp after having been treated of his blast wounds.Sevilla said they are certain a 40 millimeter projectile fired from a launcher was used in the bombing.Motorcycle-riding men had earlier set off an improvised explosive device near the spot where the grenade projectile explosive went off.Thursday night’s bombardment of the 5thSF Battalion’s guard house beside its camp’s entrance gate was preceded by the grenade attack at the parking area of the Sugarpappi coffee shop along Sinsuat Avenue here.A driver of a parked vehicle, who was waiting for his employer whiling away time inside the establishment, was wounded in the bombing, perpetrated by two men riding a motorcycle together.

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