KIDAPAWAN CITY -- Three shoulder-fire grenades were lobbed a few meters away from the mansion of former Maguindanao Governor Datu Andal Ampatuan Sr. in Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao around 9 p.m. Sunday, police reports said.
Two more grenades landed near the gasoline station owned by the Ampatuans, reports added. No one was hurt.
Superintendent Alex Lenesis, acting provincial director of the Maguindanao Provincial Police Office, said the suspects pounded with 40 millimeter (mm) grenade projectiles the residential compound of Ampatuan clan in Shariff Aguak, a Moro-dominated town located southeast of Kidapawan City.
The incident happened hours after a group of armed men robbed some houses in nearby villages where they took with them three motorcycles as getaway vehicles.
The projectiles, according to reports from Lenesis, landed near a private mosque of the Ampatuans.
Lenesis said they recovered one of the three stolen motorcycles after they pursued the suspects the next day.
Reports said another group tried to burglarize the compound of Mayor Yacob Ampatuan of Sultan sa Barongis but responding soldiers spotted them and fired gun shots towards the suspects, who immediately fled.
Following the incidents, villagers in Shariff Aguak sought security assistance from the police asking for the implementation of curfew and police and military patrol operations in all of the barangays in town.
Villagers told the police there have been unidentified armed men roaming around their communities for quite some time now. (Malu Cadelina Manar)