published Sunday, September 2nd, 2012

Grenade blast wounds 37 watching Philippine circus

MANILA, Philippines — Police say a grenade attack on an army outpost in the southern Philippines has wounded at least 37 people who were watching a nearby circus performance.

Police Senior Inspector Romeo Abler says a man hurled the grenade toward the outpost but it hit a protective net and bounced toward dozens of villagers watching a nearby circus late Saturday in Paquibato district in Davao city’s rural outskirts.

Abler told The Associated Press by telephone on Sunday that 37 villagers were wounded by the powerful blast and a stampede that followed. At least three were in serious condition in a hospital.

Communist guerrillas are active in the remote region but an investigation has not yet clearly pinpointed who may have carried out the attack, according to Abler.

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