Suspect in Initao grenade explosion identified

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By Divina M. Suson, Correspondent
November 28, 2019

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ILIGAN City--The suspect who lobbed grenade to the responding police, around 11 a.m. Thursday (November 28) inside a school campus in Barangay Jampason in Initao town, in Misamis Oriental, has been identified.

Police Captain Princess Joy Velarde, information officer of Provincial Police Office in Misamis Oriental, said the suspect is 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).

Velarde said, the suspect, who died when the grenade he was holding exploded, was coming from the office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Initao.

“Nahuli po ang sasakyan niya na may dalang kahoy. Ang pin ng Granada ay nakita sa office ng DENR. Sa office pa lang po ng DENR ay nag amok na siya kaya yung mga personnel po ng DENR tumakbo sa covered court. Sumunod po ang suspek at doon nap o pumutok ang granada,” Velarde said.

The DENR office is about 800 meters away from the school campus.

A responding police personnel of Initao Municipal Police Station, Sergeant Jason Magno, died while being treated in a hospital in Initao while his companion, Sergeant Alice Balido was wounded and now under observation in a hospital in Cagayan de Oro City.

Magno, 46, is a resident of Purok 9, Barangay Poblacion, Initao.

Police force in Northern Mindanao has requested the public to pray for the recovery of Balido and one of the 10 students who were wounded in the explosion.

“Let’s pray for our police officer,” said Brigadier General Rolando Anduyan, director of Police Regional Office -10.

Magno and Balido responded the call from the school that unidentified man is roaming inside the school campus bringing with him a fragmentation grenade according to Anduyan.

During the confrontation, the suspect lobbed the grenade, prompting Magno to shield his body from the students who would be hit by the explosion while Balido was able to shoot to the suspect to neutralize him and prevented him from inflicting further harm.

Despite Magno’s heroic act, ten students were wounded and were brought to nearby hospital.

“The suspect is in his mid 60s. Other information about him is still under investigation. The students are slightly wounded except for one, let’s include her on our prayers,” Anduyan said.


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