7 injured in Iligan blast; police eyes retaliation by carnappers

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/23 July) — Unidentified men lobbed a grenade which exploded in front of a police station inside the Pala-o public market this morning, injuring seven bystanders, authorities said.

Army explosives experts and the Iligan City Scene of the Crime Operatives are still in the area combing for grenade fragments.

Maj. Marlou Carag, head of the Army 601st Brigade Explosives and Ordnance Disposal unit said most of the victims were market vendors and laborers who were already awake when the suspects lobbed the grenade at around 3 a.m.

The injured were rushed to the nearby Don Gregorio Lluch Memorial Hospital in Barangay Palao.bThey were identified as Rogelio Itol, 68; Gonzalo Layag, 64; Potri Sultan, 60, Nomar Tinoy, 29; Gardenia Nunog; Mario Limpangog. One vendor remains unidentified.

Carag said police are looking into the possibility that the grenade attack may have been in retaliation after two carnapping suspects were arrested by the police last week.

He said the suspects were lynched by civilians who pursued them to the police station.

Carag said one of the suspects, identified as Dialani Datu Mulok, a native of Madalum town, Lanao del Sur, later died from injuries suffered during the lynching. (MindaNews)