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Grenade at cockfight arena kills 3 in Philippines

A grenade explosion inside a cockfighting arena in the restive southern Philippines has killed three spectators and wounded 33 others.

world Updated: Apr 17, 2012 14:19 IST
AP

A grenade explosion inside a cockfighting arena in the restive southern Philippines has killed three spectators and wounded 33 others.

Police say a man tossed the grenade in the crowded arena during a town fiesta on Saturday.

Muslim rebels and criminal syndicates are active in the area, but regional military commander Col. Leopoldo Galon says the explosion is believed to have been triggered by a personal feud.

The blast occurred in North Cotabato province, where extortion was blamed for a bus attack that killed two people earlier in the week.

First Published: Apr 15, 2012 09:33 IST