Three people were killed while 33 others were injured when a grenade thrown by still unidentified men exploded at a cock derby in Aleosan, North Cotabato, Saturday afternoon, police said.

Fermin Caloquin and Vicente Sabando died on the spot while Mario dela Pena expired at the hospital due to serious injuries, Senior Supt. Cornelio Salinas, North Cotabato provincial police director, said in a phone interview.

The incident occurred around 1:45 p.m. in Sitio Lapu-Lapu, Brgy. Lawili, while residents were holding a cockfight organized for the village’s upcoming fiesta, Salinas said.

“Nagkita dun allegedly ‘yung magkaka-rido then may naghagis ng granada,” the police official said.

Col. Leopoldo Galon, Armed Forces Eastern Mindanao Command spokesman, said among those injured was Brgy Kagawad Minalinding Kilos. (John Roson)

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