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7 soldiers hurt in grenade blast

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Seven government troopers were wounded yesterday morning when suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) lobbed a hand grenade at a passing military truck in Jolo, Sulu.

Maj. Felimon Tan, Jr., spokesman of Western Mindanao Command (WesMinCom), said the bombing happened at about 5:30 a.m.

The military identified the injured soldiers as Sgt. Zandro N. Sambrano, Staff Sgt. Ferdinand L. Bisnar, Cpl.

Juanito N. Taguiam Jr., Cpl. Arth Manatad, Cpl. Arnel V. Pascual, Cpl. Louis F. Limmayog and Cpl. Calpasi Olli.

Tan said soldiers led by Master Sargeant Jesus Raguindin were aboard the truck coming from the local wharf where they fetched one of their companions who arrived at Jolo aboard M/V Mary Joy 1 from Zamboanga City, when armed men threw a grenade at them.

WesMinCom said the seven wounded soldiers were immediately brought to the Campo Heneral Teodolfo Bautista Trauma Hospital in Jolo.

The soldiers suffered minor body injuries and all of them are out of danger.