Boy killed, 3 others hurt in blasts

The Kamids were plowing the field when Jason reportedly stepped on a landmine that exploded on contact.  His father, who was few meters away from him, was hit by shrapnel. 

But police said the victims could have been hit by a mortar shell. 

Since last week, the military has intensified its hunt for Umbra Kato, a commander of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) operating in Maguindanao. 

In Kabacan, North Cotabato, two persons were hurt when a fragmentation grenade went off 8:10 p.m. in front of a machine shop along the national highway.

Injured were Elmer Antolin, owner of the machine shop, and his employee identified as Beliseo Mangantang.

The shop is near the municipal hall.

Antolin was hit in both legs, while Mangantang was hit in the back. They were rushed to the Kabacan Medical Specialist Hospital. 

Police Officer 2 Randy Lagude of Kabacan said personal grudge was the likely motive of the incident.

Lagude said Antolin told police that he has been receiving threats from unknown individuals. (Malu Cadelina Manar/MindaNews)