Grenade explosion rocks Isabela City

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/30 September) – A grenade explosion rocked Isabela City, Basilan on Monday night amid the tight security measures imposed by both the police and military authorities in that province.

The explosion took place a day after a foiled bombing attempt in the same city after which security was tightened.

Supt. Albert Larubis, Isabela City police chief, said no one was injured or killed in the explosion that occurred around 7:15 p.m. Monday in front of a gasoline station in Barangay Riverside.

Larubis said the grenade was tossed by one of two men riding a motorcycle that passed in front of the gasoline station.

He said the bombing attempt on Sunday was foiled after a concerned resident reported about an unattended baggage along Rojas Avenue in downtown Isabela City.

He said the content of the baggage turned out to be a cellphone-triggered improvised bomb that prompted the explosives experts to use water disruptor to disarm it.

He said the improvised bomb, which is an ammonium nitrate fuel oil-type of explosive, was placed in a cooking pot.

He said that two-men riding a motorcycle were seen to have dropped the baggage at the roadside of Rojas Avenue.

He said both incidents were being investigated thoroughly to unmask the suspects. (MindaNews)