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Explosion rocks Lamitan hospital


By Francis Wakefield

An explosion rocked an abandoned building at the Lamitan District Emergency Hospital in Lamitan, Basilan on Thursday night, police said.

Lamitan, Basilan (Google Maps / MANILA BULLETIN)

Lamitan, Basilan

Police Chief Inspector Allan Benasing, the chief of the Lamitan City Police Station, said the explosion occurred at about 9:00 p.m., February 2, while there was no electricity around the city.

Benasing said part of the ceiling and roof of the abandoned building was destroyed as a result of the explosion said to be caused by a grenade thrown by an unidentified suspect.

Based on the post-blast investigation conducted by the Explosives Ordnance Unit (EOD), an MK2 fragmentation grenade was the one used by the culprit.

Benasing is not discounting the possibility that Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) fighters under Nurhassan Jamiri was behind the incident.

Fortunately, no one was either killed or hurt in the explosion.

Police is still investigating the incident.

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