SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao — Two minors were critically injured when unidentified gunmen fired a rifle grenade toward a house in Poblacion, Datu Anggal Midtimbang, Maguindanao at past 7 p.m. Thursday, police said.
Senior Supt. Agustin Tello, Maguindanao police provincial director, said Friday manhunt operation has been on-going against the suspects, believed to be members or allied with the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).
The minors, whose identity he withheld, are recuperating at a hospital in Cotabato City.
Quoting police reports from Datu Anggal, Tello said the victims were inside their house made of light materials in Barangay Poblacion when a 40 mm rifle grenade landed at its roof and went off, hitting the children who were about to sleep.
No one has claimed responsibility but Datu Anggal is one of the hostile towns in Maguindanao where the BIFF operates.
Even its town mayor, Nathaniel Midtimbang, survived a grenade attack last May in nearby Talayan town, also in Maguindanao.
The grenade attack came after the mayor had publicly denounced recruitment of jihadists among his constituents and vowed to fight terrorists in town. EOF/PNA