2 cops injured in Iloilo grenade blast

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Saturday, October 13, 2012

MANILA -- Two police officers were injured in a predawn grenade explosion in Jaro district in Iloilo City on Saturday.

In a text message, Western Visayas police director Agrimero Cruz Jr. said the grenade blast occurred while police personnel were conducting a checkpoint along Jalondoni street around 1 a.m.

An unidentified motorcycle driver who was flagged down in the checkpoint fled to a residential area but was chased by Police Officer (PO) 1 Christian Valerie Lava and PO2 Fidel Mosquito.

When the two police officers cornered the fleeing motorist, the grenade explosion was heard.

The motorist died on the spot while Mosquito sustained major injuries on both legs. Lava also incurred a minor injury on his left leg.

Recovered from the suspect was a .45 caliber pistol and ammunition, a knife, a cellphone, and cash worth P29,000.

Authorities are still conducting an investigation regarding the incident.

Saturday's grenade blast in Iloilo happened two days after an explosion near a hotel in Cagayan de Oro city killed two persons and injured two policemen. (Emmanuel Louis Bacani/Sunnex)

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