2 killed, 11 wounded in Initao grenade blast

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By By Cris Diaz, Executive Editor and Divina Suson, Correspondent
November 28, 2019

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CAGAYAN de Oro City--A police officer was killed along with the suspect in a grenade explosion in the compound of a state college in the town of Initao in Misamis Oriental, 40 kilometers west of here, Thursday morning.

Police Master Sgt. Jason Magno, 50, was killed on the spot when he tried to pick up the grenade after the suspect dropped the explosive during a scuffle in the covered court of Initao College in Jampason, Initao, Misamis Oriental.

Police Captain Princess Joy Velarde, information officer of Provincial Police Office in Misamis Oriental, identified the slain suspect as 65-year-old Ebrahim Ampaso Basher, a resident from Madamba, Lanao del Sur. Basher was identified through report of the police and the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO).

The explosion ripped Magno’s body while a police woman identified as P/Msgt. Alice Balido, was wounded, but is now in a stable condition while undergoing treatment in a hospital here.

An initial report said that most of the 10 wounded were students at the Initao College. The students, whose identifies are still being collated, are now undergoing treatment in various hospitals in the province and in Cagayan de Oro City.

Police provincial director Robert Bahian, said that the suspect reportedly went to the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources (MENRO) asking for the release of his logs.

The logs, loaded with two trucks, were reportedly held by the MENRO for lack of papers. The environmental officials did not release the logs prompting the suspect to pull a hand grenade and threatened to blow the environmental office.

Bahian said that the suspect, however, went to the school’s covered court, only a few meters away from the MENRO, with the grenade and a knife on his hand.

He said that the police responded after receiving reports of the unidentified armed suspect, which resulted in a scuffle after one of the teachers tried to grab the grenade.

During the ensuing scuffle, the suspect dropped the already armed grenade, which exploded while Magno tried to pick it up.

Bahian said that Magno did not notice that the grenade was already armed.

Bahian said that the investigators were suspecting that the suspect would lob the grenade to the students at the covered court had it not for the timely intervention of the police.

According to Bahian, the police recovered the grenade’s safety lever in the office of the MENRO, but the investigators failed to get the side of the environmental officials.

“The environmental office is already abandoned when the police came over to get some important statements,” Bahian said.


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