(Update) Two people were killed while 30 others, including several children, were injured in an explosion at a popular KTV bar in Iligan City Saturday evening, police and military officials said.
The grenade, believed to have been thrown by van-riding suspects, exploded near the Il Centro Bar at the corner of Roxas ave. and Quezon ave. around 8 p.m., Chief Supt. Jufel Adriatico, Northern Mindanao regional police director, said.
One Jonel Dumalagang did not make it alive to the hospital, while a certain DJay Jangad expired around 10 p.m., Capt. Albert Caber, spokesman of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division, said.
Confined at the Don Gregorio T. Lluch Memorial Hospital are Arnold Tiongo, 46; Joel Abriol, 34; John Paul Ponce, 25; Albert Gongob, 21; James Dumalagang, 25; and Frestelle Cabahug, 25.
Brought to the Mindanao Sanitarium Hospital were Danilo Gabrinab, 41; Eric Salcedo, 38; Aldrin Magsayo, 42; Dianne Gapus, 18; Rey Soong, 22; Sunny Mendez, 21; Liziel Lubguban, 34; Dawn Gapus, 19; Jennifer Delos Santos, 28; Abdul Gapur Maruhom, 11; Anipa Makalangkad, 12; and Elmelita Ibarat.
Still recuperating at the Dr. Uy Hospital are Fe Mykeil Gonzalez, 19; Sherralyn Refuelo, 23; Maribel Cabalet, 21; Earl Russel Reveso, 21; Mahali Rose Tantho, 31; Louie Jay Baliwag, 10; Princess Erich Baliwag, 5; and Laila Lamela Candog, 30.
Those taken to the City Hospital are Marilou Aligno, 35; Manuel Maramibel, 42; and Ric Mañego, 26, while one Aliah Basani was brought to the Mindanao Sanitarium OPD.
Members of the police’s Explosives and Ordnance Disposal unit and Scene of the Crime Operatives confirmed that a grenade caused the explosion, Caber said.
Earlier, the military said it recieved reports that an “improvised explosive device” went off.
Investigators are still trying to determine the identities and motive of those who threw the grenade, Adriatico said. (John Roson)
– end –