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Grenade blasts kill 1, wound 31 in Philippines

Unidentified men hurled two grenades near a crowded town plaza where a beauty contest was being held in the southern Philippines, killing at least one person and wounding 31 others, police said on Sunday.

world Updated: Jun 21, 2009 09:44 IST

Unidentified men hurled two grenades near a crowded town plaza where a beauty contest was being held in the southern Philippines, killing at least one person and wounding 31 others, police said on Sunday.

The attack happened late Saturday in Maasim, Sarangani province, about 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) south of Manila, police chief Abraham Madrid said.

More than 100 policemen and army troops from nearby regions will be deployed to secure Maasim township, which will celebrate a religious festival Sunday, officials said.

Madrid said that investigators were trying to determine if Muslim guerrillas suspected in a bombing last August that killed two people in the predominantly Christian town of more than 30,000 were behind Saturday's attack.

He said two men hurled one grenade each: one at a group of men who were playing a card game at a table, the second at another group of men at a karaoke bar, near the Maasim town plaza, where a beauty contest was being held. At least one person was killed and 31 wounded.