ZAMBOANGA CITY: Wednesday, around 6:45 a.m., grenade explosion took place in Purok 7, Barangay Ayala.
- At least four persons including three children were injured, police said.
- The victims were identified as Myka Padayao, 9; her younger brother, Tirdy, 6; and Jayson Nalzaro, 8, all students of Ayalan Elementary School.
According to Senior Supt. Angelito Casimiro, the city police director, bomb experts have been sent to determine the type of explosive that went off the area. The incident occurred few days after Ayala village chief Diosterides Librero received a threat from an unidentified letter sender.
On November 11, 2013, grenade explosion happened when unidentified suspects lobbed a grenade at the residence of Librero which killed two persons and wounded 10 others, including the village chief. Librero lost both eyes and legs although he survived in a grenade attack.
Last August 7, another grenade explosion took place in the same village, just a few meters away from the police station. In April, four people were also wounded in a similar attack.
Senior Supt. Angelito Casimiro said the police were still investigating the explosions in Barangay Ayala and other bomb attacks that took place in the city. He said the police were making progress in its investigation and cited the recent filing of charges against five persons, including the wife of a police intelligence officer, for the January 23 explosion in the city that left two persons dead and injured more than 50 others.
Muammar Askali, Midel Isnaji, Nidz Asmad, Aldamer Sahibuddin and Babylin Muallam, the wife of a police intelligence officer in Sulu, were at large, as of Wednesday, Aug. 26, and were still being hunted down.
Superintendent Felixberto Martinez, Special Investigation Unit chief, said they deployed intelligence personnel to assist them in the gathering of evidence.
Senior Inspector Karib Muharram, Police Station 9 chief, also ordered his personnel to strengthen security patrol to thwart similar incidents.Image/wiki