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Soldier, wife quarrel triggers grenade explosion at Camp Aguinaldo

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By Martin Sadongdong

A quarrel between a soldier and his wife led to a grenade explosion inside their apartment unit at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City on Sunday, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) reported.

Philippine Armed Forces Spokesperson Brig.Gen. Edgard Arevalo (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez / MANILA BULLETIN)

Philippine Armed Forces Spokesperson Brig.Gen. Edgard Arevalo
(AP Photo / Bullit Marquez / File Photo / MANILA BULLETIN)

Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo, AFP spokesperson, said the explosion occurred at the apartment unit being occupied by Staff Sergeant Larry de Guzman, an enlisted personnel assigned at the Home Affairs Office at the General Headquarters and Headquarters Service Command, at around 6:20 a.m.

Arevalo said De Guzman and his wife, Erliza, had a heated argument prior to the blast.

It was not immediately clear why the two were fighting but as De Guzman was about to leave their unit, a hand grenade presumably owned by the soldier suddenly exploded.

“There were indications that the wife could have triggered the explosion,” Arevalo said.

Erliza and their 11-year-old son sustained shrapnel wounds and were rushed to V. Luna Hospital in Quezon City for immediate treatment.

Meanwhile, De Guzman sustained bruises while their five-year-old daughter was unharmed. Arevalo said nobody else in the adjacent housing units got hurt.

“We are rendering the necessary assistance to the family,” Arevalo said.

Investigators from the AFP and Scene of the Crime Operatives of the Philippine National Police (PNP-SOCO) are conducting further investigation to shed light on the incident.

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