Grenade blast hits Cotabato security agency

Posted at 06/24/2011 7:02 PM | Updated as of 06/25/2011 11:44 AM

COTABATO CITY, Philippines - A hand grenade was lobbed at the office of a private security agency in Cotabato City, authorities said.

The explosion damaged the office of DASIA security and investigation agency, as well as its armored truck.

There were no injuries reported.

The office, located at Barangay Rosary Height 14, Ante Vompound, Inilo Apartment, was occupied by 7 armed security personnel, including the branch manager James Lambatin. 

Lambatin said they were all asleep when the explosion happened.

"Natutulog kami dahil hating gabi yun nangyari at hindi rin naming alam kung sinugod na ba kami o kung ano bomba o granada ba yung sumabog," he said.

"Bulletproof iyung armored truck naming pero tumatagas na iyung krudo kaya papatignan namin," he added.

The armored truck of the agency is used to receive and deliver money from private companies and banks that are clients of the agency.

Lambatin, however, believes that that attack was caused by a job-related personal grudge.

"Wala naman akong nakaka-away, pero dahil sa security agency kami, hindi na yan maiiwasan," he said.

Police are now investigating the incident.