Two killed, 13 wounded in grenade attack in Philippines

MANILA, (AP) - Two men riding on a motorcycle hurled two grenades into a packed billiard hall in a southern Philippine town, killing two people and wounding 13 others in an attack believed to have been set off by a gambling feud, police said Saturday. 

Police haven't identified the attackers who lobbed the grenades Friday into the roadside billiard hall that was filled with as many as 30 people in Pikit town in North Cotabato province, investigator Rudy Milagrosa said. 

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack but an initial investigation showed it may have been triggered by a conflict between two groups of bettors over a billiards game, Milagrosa said. 

There was no indication that Muslim separatist guerrillas, who maintain strongholds near Pikit, were involved in the attack, he said. Pikit, an impoverished Muslim-majority farming town of about 15,000 people, lies about 910 kilometers south of Manila.


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