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(UPDATE) 6-year-old boy killed, 14 hurt in Sultan Kudarat town fiesta grenade attack

Local News • 06:23 AM Mon Feb 22, 2016
Ferdinandh Cabrera and Edwin O. Fernandez
A Red Cross volunteer gathers data and information on two blast victims in Esperanza explosion Feb. 21, 2016. (Phot by Red Cross)

ESPERANZA, Sultan Kudarat -- One was confirmed dead and at least 14 individuals were reportedly hurt in a grenade attack at a local peryahan (fanfare area) by two men riding tandem on motorbike, officials said today.The fatality, a 6-year-od boy, was not identified in the report.Col. Lito Sobejana, Army’s 601st Brigade commander, said, the incident occured ataround 8:15 in barangay Poblacion where a carnaval near the town hall was located.He said two suspects, riding tandem on a motorcycle, tossed thegrenades toward apopulated area of peryahan.
sand//scontent-hkg3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xtl1/v/t1.0-9/12717579_576986429121705_7386454521280039883_n.jpg?oh=bab0d8394cc007aaf7aec1d1439e1d91andampoe=57623604 (Some of the victims in Esperanza grenade blast- photo by Archie Pascua of Esperanza) One of the two grenades went off while the other failed but it remains dangerous and we are attending to it, Sobejana said.
Initial report showed five individuals critically wounded lying at the blast site andwere immediately brought to different hospitals.
Police monitored 14 individuals were brought to four different hospitals. sand//fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xtf1/v/t1.0-9/630_759342034167994_5592954237283671082_n.jpg?oh=18f2a1130d9a87ee6cd2a4c0d33b2ef3andampoe=575707ECandamp__gda__=1462013616_315ceabf212a1a7653113cc287cc8014 (Photo courtesy of Sultan Kudarat Red Cross/Darling Torres)Esperanza town Mayor Helen Latog was at the site minutes after the blast. We have no idea yet who did this and what was the motive as the attack was launched while the town was celebrating itspatronal fiesta,” she said.
Police are getting more information from eye witnesses who saw the culprits during the attack. sand//scontent-hkg3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xft1/v/t1.0-9/12715701_759342457501285_133615228295821099_n.jpg?oh=1fd919f45409a6ff9877c2f830e83167andampoe=57653A35 (Photo courtesy of Philippine National Red Cross)

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