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3 wounded in Zamboanga grenade blast

Unidentified men lobbed a grenade at a Catholic Church in Zamboanga City on February 3 morning, leaving at least three people wounded during the blast.

According to Chief Inspector Ariel Huesca, spokesperson of the Zamboanga Peninsula Regional Police Office, two of the injured victims are senior citizens who happened to be near the old Archdiocese of Zamboanga San Isidro Labrador Parish when the incident happened at around 10 a.m. on February 3 .

“It (church) also serves as a worship chapel for senior citizens,” said Huesca.

He identified the victims as senior citizens Pablito Monares and Felicitacion Tarro, and 22-year-old Gerome Gandawali.

Huesca said the grenade was hurled by two men riding-in-tandem on a motorcycle.

He said the two men fled towards the direction of the city proper after the attack.

The police official said all the wounded victims were taken to the nearby hospital.

The attack occurred in Barangay Talon-Talon, one of the villages that served as a battleground between government troops and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels identified with founding Chairman Nur Misuari last year.

The siege caused the displacement of thousands of residents after their villages were torched by the rebels at the height of the fighting between the two forces.