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A New People’s Army (NPA) member got killed while 11 civilians, including several children, were wounded when a grenade exploded in Kibawe, Bukidnon, a military spokesman said.

The explosion occurred around 11:30 a.m. Monday while NPA members were holding community classes at Sitio Silahis, Brgy. Sampaguita, Col. Leopoldo Galon, Armed Forces Eastern Mindanao Command spokesman, said.

“A grenade accidentally fell from one of their (NPA) members and exploded,” Galon said in a text message to reporters Monday night.

The lone fatality is an NPA member while all the wounded are residents, he said.

Galon identified the injured as Barceliza Sabellano, 42, Sanny Boy Matunhay, 12, Robert Dumaguit, 11, Bernie Teric, 12, Jakerey Antivo, 12, all of Brgy. Sampaguita; Julieben Matunhay, 20, Samson Matunhay, 16; Emmanuel Matunhay, 9, Rogelio Buhawe Jr., 9, Aldie Capunay, 18, all of Brgy. Pinamula; and Daniel Meras, 19, of Brgy. Cagawas.

All those who were injured have been taken to the Bukidnon Provincial Hospital in Maramag, while the Kibawe Police and Army 8th Infantry Battalion are investigating the incident for filing criminal charges and human rights cases, Galon said. (John Roson)

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