PIKIT, North Cotabato -- A gas station worker was injured when unidentified men tossed a hand grenade at the Shell Gas Station along the national highway in this town at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 12.

North Cotabato Police Provincial Director Emmanuel Peralta said the blast injured Jay Salac, 34, a resident of Barangay Poblacion, Pikit.

Superintendent Romeo Galgo Jr., speaking for Police Regional Office-Soccsksargen, said the victim who sustained injuries on his elbow was brought to Cadulong emergency hospital.

Galgo said police are reviewing the gas station's CCTV footage.

“Investigation is still ongoing as to the motive,” Galgo added.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Last week, the village hall of Barangay Poblacion was also subjected to grenade attack by motorcycle-riding men. Fortunately, the grenade failed to explode.

Pikit Mayor Sumulong Sultan has asked the Philippine National Police for augmentation force as crimes are on the rise in the town due to intensified police operations against illegal drugs. (PNA)