2 killed, 4 injured in Zamboanga City mosque blast

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – A grenade thrown inside a mosque in Zamboanga City killed at least 2 and injured 4 others around 20 minutes past midnight on Wednesday, January 30.

According to the initial police report, an unidentified suspect turned off the nearby streetlight then threw a grenade inside the mosque at Logoy Diutay, Barangay Talon-Talon in Zamboanga City, where Muslim religious leaders were resting.

Two victims were declared dead on arrival. Police identified them as Habil Rex, 46, and Bato Sattal, 47.

Four others were injured and rushed to the Zamboanga City Medical Center, namely:

Police deduced that a grenade was thrown because they recovered a safety lever and a supposed part of a Belgian PRB 423 grenade.

The mosque bombing comes 3 days after twin blasts hit the Jolo Cathedral, leaving at least 21 dead and 111 injured. – Rappler.com

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers security, crime, and the city of Manila for Rappler. He was chosen as a Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.