Bomb blast near church kills 6 in Basilan

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MANILA, Jan. 1, 2014— At least six people were killed and several others were injured in two separate explosions that hit the restive region of Mindanao on New Year’s Eve, authorities said. 

Reports at the PNP national operations center in Camp Crame said six persons were killed and four others were wounded when a homemade bomb went off near a Catholic Church in a remote village of Tumahubong in Sumisip, Basilan. 

The reports identified the fatalities as Linebel Cisneros, Lourdes Ablong, Rey Limben, Khadic Kitarol, Elbert Gumuba and a still unidentified four-year old child; and wounded were Rining Dingcong, Janice Dingcong and Jesa Dingcong. 

The explosion occurred at around 10:20pm Tuesday when unidentified men lobbed a homebomb fashioned out from a 105mm howitzer shell in a resident place near the San Vicente Ferrer Parish Church run by the Claretian missionaries. 

The reports said the explosion occurred while a New Year’s Party was being held at the resident of a certain Manuel Cisneros, a militiaman. 

Meanwhile, seven persons were reportedly injured when a man lobbed a grenade Tuesday evening near a crowded bazaar on a busy street at Purok-4, Brgy. Poblacion, La Paz, Agusan del Sur, reports said. 

The reports, sent by the Caraga police, identified those wounded in the explosion as Cesar Laray, 62; Norman Domaning, 52; Jinky Rose Roxas Mendoza, 22; Patricia Lemos Enriquez; Virgilio Ebiota Gulfo , 60 and Dona Mae Conjurado Mendoza, 16. 

The wounded were rushed to the Paz Municipal Hospital and DO Plaza Memorial Hospital in Patin-ay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur for treatment while police arrested the grenade thrower identified as Jojo Francisco Pablo alias Tonton, 24. 

According to reports initial investigation revealed that the victims were buying goods for their New Year’s celebration when the suspect lobbed a grenade towards them. Police are still investigating the said incident. (AV/CBCPNews)

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