3 children killed, 6 injured in Iligan blast caused by drunkards

Reports reaching the communications center at the City Hall, noted that the incident started with an altercation among drunkards at a store in Sitio Tingcob, Barangay
Digkilaan.

The drunken suspect, Wilfredo Cabugatan Tapnay, reportedly handed the grenade already without the safety pin to Mary Ann Baton, 16, one of those killed. Aside from Baton, killed were Darren Daligdig, 10; and Rossel Enlod, 4.

Investigators are still probing on the possible motive behind the killing but Tapnay reportedly was also wanted for murder and frustrated murder charges. He is now detained at the central police station downtown.

Quoting Senior Police Officer 2 Mahtman Bajolo, GMA News TV reported the blast occurred at a political rally in Digkilaan .

National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales on Saturday said the deadly blast Friday at Glorietta 2 Mall which killed at least 8 and injured over a hundred, appeared to be “a sample.”

''What is more ominous here is they may be planning a bigger attack,'' Gonzales said during the radio program Saturday of Vice President Noli de Castro.

Gonzales warned of more attacks in key cities in the country. Hours later, a grenade exploded in Iligan.

Aside from Baton, killed were Darren Daligdig, 10; and Rossel Enlod, 4.

Baton and Daligdig died while being treated at the Mindanao Sanitarium and Hospital while Enlod, at the government-run Don Gregorio T. Lluch Memorial Hospital.

Wounded were Arnan Jimmy Dali, 58; Pablito Arnan, 48; Rolan Enlod, 14; An-an Enlod, 8; Mary Joy Canque, 8; and Francis Bato, 42. (MindaNews)

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