Two dead in Philippine mosque attack: Military

Two people were killed and 12 wounded when a hand grenade was thrown inside a mosque in the troubled southern Philippines Sunday, a day ahead of national elections, the military said.

Updated: May 09, 2010, 23:32 PM IST

Cotabato: Two people were
killed and 12 wounded when a hand grenade was thrown inside a
mosque in the troubled southern Philippines Sunday, a day ahead
of national elections, the military said.

The attack occurred as people were inside the mosque
in the town of Pikit for evening prayers, according to a
regional military spokesman who asked not to be named.

The spokesman said two people had been confirmed
killed, and 12 others wounded.

He said it was not yet clear if the attack was related
to tomorrow`s elections, in which more than 17,000 positions
from president to town councillor are to be filled.

Elections in the Philippines are always plagued by
violence, and dozens of people have been killed across the
country in the build-up to tomorrow`s`s vote.

Pikit is in North Cotabato province, parts of which
are strongholds of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. The MILF
has been fighting a decades-long separatist rebellion that has
claimed more than 150,000 lives.

A man who lives about 300 metres from the mosque,
Arden Andong, told AFP by phone that he heard the explosion
and saw at least one dead body.

"Things are very tense.... People have gone inside
their homes," he said.

PTI