Grenade explodes in Lamitan City hospital; Abu Sayyaf involvement eyed

ISABELA CITY, Basilan-- The police authorities strongly believed that the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) was behind the grenade explosion that caused minor damage to the district hospital in nearby Lamitan City.

Chief Insp. Allan Benasing, Lamitan City police chief, on Friday said no one was either killed or injured in the explosion except for a portion of the ceiling that was destroyed.

He said no one have seen the suspect who tossed the grenade shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday at the Lamitan District Hospital in Barangay Limook since it was blackout at the time of the incident.

Benasing said post-blast investigation showed that it was a fragmentation grenade that was lobbed into the hospital.

He said they strongly believed that the Abu Sayyaf Group led by sub-leader Nurhasan Jamiri was behind the incident.

Dr. John Bravo, Lamitan District Hospital administrator, on Friday said the building where the grenade exploded was unoccupied.

"Our laundryman stays in that building whenever he is on duty," Bravo, however, said.

He said they have not received any threat prior to the incident since they attend to all people who need medical treatment. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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