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Grenade attack targets school in Philippines

Fire in a bunkhouse at campus may have been started to distract authorities away from perpetrator.

Last updated: 13 Jan 2014 14:28
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Investigations have not yet identified who is behind the attack, the second on the same campus since November.

A grenade attack on a public school has wounded at least 20 people in the southern Philippines, including government personnel who were there to put out a fire.

Firefighters, disaster-response personnel and police were trying to control the fire in a bunkhouse of security guards at the state-run Cotabato Foundation College of Science and Technology late on Sunday in Arakan town when somebody lobbed a grenade near a firetruck. The attacker escaped, police said.

Arakan police chief Inspector Rolly Oranza said a policeman, government firefighters, students and school guards were among those wounded with shrapnel and flying debris. They were taken to hospitals and two were in serious condition.

Investigators have not identified the attacker and were trying to determine if the fire was deliberately set to lure authorities before the powerful blast, Oranza said.

In November, police found a bomb made from a mortar round near the school's flagpole and main administrative building but it was not rigged to explode and apparently was set to scare people, he said.

Arakan, an agricultural town of 45,000 people in North Cotabato province, has relatively been quiet compared to nearby towns and provinces which have come under attack from Muslim fighters in the past.

Communist fighters, though, have a presence but it was not immediately clear if they played a role in Sunday's attack.

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