Panagbenga 2013 grenade explosion hurts 3 in Baguio

The celebration of Baguio City’s annual flower festival Panagbenga 2013 on Sunday was marred by a grenade blast that wounded three people.

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Local police spokesman Senior Inspector Virgilio Hidalgo said the explosion took place before 7 a.m. at the office of the Baguio City Volunteers Against Crime situated at the Melvin Jones Grandstand basement in Burnham Park, reports.

Police reportedly said the grenade explosion happened hours before the grand float parade, the event’s highlight.

The victims were identified as Jenard Palomique, Joseph Espadz, and Gilbert Salvador, a security guard. Authorities said they sustained minor injuries.

The suspects remain unidentified as of posting time.

Police said the volunteer group received threats due to its intensified anti-crime campaign.