FOUR people, including 2 minors, were hurt after a hand grenade exploded at a store in Cabula, Barangay Lumbia, Cagayan de Oro City at about 8 p.m. Tuesday, December 27.
Police identified the victims as Julius Javier, 30, and his partner Zaibe Villarin, 29, owners of Jul-Zal store.
The couple's daughter Julbie Jane, 6, and Ronald Fabrea, 14, who was buying at the store at that time, were also wounded.
The elder Javier sustained a wound on his back while Villarin received injuries on her left shoulder. The two minors sustained blast wounds on the face and legs respectively.
All four victims were immediately rushed to the JR Borja General Hospital where they are now reportedly in stable condition.
Military spokesman Brigadier General Restituto Padilla said three motorcycle-riding suspects lobbed the grenade of the store, one of whom immediately lobbed the grenade.
"Three unidentified persons onboard a Honda STX motorcycle...stopped and [the] one...in the center threw a grenade in front of the abovementioned store," said Padilla.
Senior Inspector Dennis Ebsolo, Police Station 8 Chief, said a business grudge could be the motive behind the grenade attack.
"Possible business grudges. Naa tingali nasuko pag-ayo sa biktima sa negosyo. Pero padayon pa ang atong imbestigasyon (There might be someone who hold grudges on business against the victim. Our investigation is ongoing)," Ebsolo said.
Ebsolo said investigators have already identified several persons of interest all of whom have been invited for questioning.
Ebsolo added the corroborative statements from witnesses will be helpful in pinpointing the identities of the suspects and the mastermind.
"Naay persons of interest pero dili pa suspect. Ang statement sa mga witnesses makasuporta sa pagtumbok kung sila ba ang suspects (There are persons of interest but not yet the suspect. The statements of the witnesses will support in identifying if they are the suspects)," Ebsolo said.
Ebsolo said they are also checking and doing background inquiries on the victims in pursuit of other possible leads.
The police Explosives Ordnance Division conducted a post blast investigation to verify the type of grenade used by the suspects after grenade fragments and the safety lever were recovered. (VR/Sunnex)