5 people hurt in grenade blast in NorthCot, PH

Five people injured in a grenade explosion in North Cotabato, Philippines.

Five people are reportedly hurt in a grenade blast in Barangay Poblacion in Matalam, North Cotabato, Philippines last Friday, police sources said on Monday, December 7, 2015.

The five victims were named as Sharon Diaz, Alias Dilangalen, Danjan Alam, Macmod Canacan and Geraldo Peralta, Jr. Police officials say the grudge was due to personal motives or what they call as “rido”.

According to Senior Superintendent Alexander Tagum of the North Cotabato Provincial Police Director, the real target was supposedly a tricycle driver. It so happened that the victim is also a relative of the suspect in the recent shooting incident two weeks ago in the same location in Matalam.

Although the police officials were able to arrest the suspect in the shooting incident, both families still opted to just settle the rift between them through the council of elders.

The grenade explosion was believed to be retaliation on the shooting incident that happened two weeks ago.

Meanwhile, police authorities are still investigating the blast incident.