Tuesday, October 31, 2006

2 Killed, 7 Wounded In Zamboanga City Blast

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanao Examiner / 31 Oct) – A grenade explosion had killed two people and injured 7 more in the troubled southern Philippine port city of Zamboanga, police and military reports said.

Reports said an ex-Marine soldier, Ben Rivera, detonated the grenade inside a billiard hall near Putik village and were among those wounded in the blast late Monday.

Police said the man was seen arguing with several people before he allegedly pulled the grenade and detonated inside the jam-packed hall.

The military said the blast was not connected to terrorism and that the police are still investigating the incident.

More than a dozen people, mostly policemen and soldiers, had been killed in a series of gun attacks blamed to the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group in Zamboanga City the past weeks.

Zamboanga City had been previously bombed by the Abu Sayyaf and was tagged as behind the spate of kidnappings mostly for ransom.(With a report from Uly Israel)

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