Grenade explodes near town councilor’s house

A report filed at the city police station said the culprits threw the grenade was around 8 pm at the gate of Lutayan councilor Ibrahim Guiapal Macasayon's house at the Villa Agreda Subdivision in Barangay Sto. Niño here.

Police recovered the grenade's safety pin about 15 meters away from the gate of Macasayon's house Block 4, Lot 15 in Phase 2 of the subdivision.

The explosion partially damaged the councilor’s red Isuzu pickup that was parked in front of his house.

Macasayon, who was with his family inside the house at that time, said the grenade was thrown directly at their façade, but it hit the tarpaulin roofing of their garage and then rolled towards the gate.

"The (grenade's) shrapnels bore some small holes in our concrete fence but the impact of the explosion was minimal," he told reporters.

Citing initial results of an ongoing police investigation, Macasayon said the grenade was reportedly thrown by motorcycle-riding men.

He said that before the explosion some of his neighbors reportedly noticed some unidentified men passing by their house several times.       

"I really can't think of any reason why it happened because I did not receive any threat or warning beforehand," he said.

He said he has asked the police to help provide security for him and his family. (Allen V. Estabillo/MindaNews)