8 hurt in Maguindanao blast

Published September 18, 2021, 9:26 PM

by Philippine News Agency

CAMP SIONGO, Maguindanao – Unidentified suspects hurled an explosive device that hurt eight persons at the covered court of the Datu Piang town center in Maguindanao at about 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 18.

The suspected grenade went off during a volleyball game, Lt. Col. John Paul Baldomar of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division said in a statement.

He added that police and Army bomb experts are also looking at the possibility that the suspects used a phone-triggered improvised explosive device in the attack.

POST-BLAST SCENARIO. Army and police bomb experts conduct an investigation at the Datu Piang covered court on Saturday (Sept. 18, 2021). The suspected grenade, hurled by still unidentified assailants at about 3 p.m., hurt eight spectators of a volleyball game. (Photo courtesy of 6ID/PNAManila Bulletin)

“The explosive was lobbed toward the middle of the spectators,” Baldomar added.

A post-blast investigation is ongoing as of posting time.