6 hurt in IED explosion in ComVal town

DAVAO CITY — Six people sustained injuries when a fragmentation grenade exploded in Purok 1, Barangay Bukal, Nabunturan, Compostela Valley on Saturday night.

Chief Insp. Milgrace Driz, spokesperson of the Police Regional Office (PRO) 11 identified the injured victims as Jessavee Mae Aranaydo, 9; Christian Abellana, 8; Jay-art Javillana Jr, 4; Cecile Nuebe, 41; Catalino Buñol, 40; and, Daisy Pandisigue, 18.

Driz said all victims sustained minor injuries.

While the remote barangay serves as a bypass area of New People’s Army (NPA) rebels, Driz said the area also has soldiers and a Civilian Volunteers Organization.

Based on initial investigation, Driz said the IED explosion came from an M203 grenade launcher.

The incident is still under investigation of the Nabunturan municipal police but the explosive ordnance technician already took from the blast site an aluminum shrapnel and soil with gunpowder burnt for forensic examination. Rhoda Grace Saron/PNA – northboundasia.com