CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – Six troops of 5th Special Forces (SF) Battalion have escaped death yesterday evening (November 28) following a grenade-throwing at a food stall in Sinsuat Avenue, Cotabato City.

At around 6:45 p.m., a riding-in-tandem passed by the food stall where the SF troops were buying food and threw the grenade.

The grenade did not explode and the suspects fled towards south direction of the city.

The Army’s Explosive and Ordnance Disposal Team and K9 Unit arrived in the area at 7:00 p.m. to conduct safety procedures and successfully secured the grenade.

“These criminals clearly intended to hurt our troops who were doing their job in conducting regular security patrol in the city,” said Maj. Gen. Diosdado C. Carreon, Commander of Joint Task Force Central.

“This could be some lawless criminals who are affected by the tight security conducted by our troops in the city,” he added

The Commander emphasized the Joint Task Force Central will continue to support the peace and security endeavour of the local government of Cotabato City against all acts of criminalities.