Grenade thrown at house of jail official

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/09 June) – Unidentified men lobbed a fragmentation grenade early Thursday at a house of an official of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BIMP) here but no casualties were reported.

Senior Supt. Cedric Train, city police director, said the explosion at around 12:40am partially damaged a portion of the façade of Jail Insp. Panga Arab’s residence in Purok Saway in Barangay Labangal here.

Based on their initial investigation, he said four unidentified persons aboard a black Suzuki and Honda XRM motorcycles were seen near the area before the explosion happened.

He said the city police’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal or EOD unit initially recovered a safety lever of a fragmentation grenade near the blast site.

Arab, who is deputy administrator of BJMP-Sarangani, said the explosion destroyed the glass door and windows of their house.

“We we’re just awakened by the loud explosion. We initially thought it was from our air-conditioning unit but we later noticed several grenade fragments in front of our house,” he said.

The jail official said he can’t speculate on the motive and the identity of the suspects as his family has no known enemies or begrudged anybody that might trigger such kind of attack.

”But it appears that I’m the main target of the attack,” he said.

Arab, who was jail warden of Cotabato City, said he is currently doing light duty at BJMP-Sarangani and is due to retire from government service in December. (Allen V. Estabillo/MindaNews)