Church attacked by armed men in Aurora

| June 26, 2010

BALER, Aurora – Unidentified armed men attacked before dawn Saturday the church in Casiguran town, but left no casualties, the police reported.

Senior Superintendent Esteban Romulo, Police Provincial Office (PPO) director, said the attackers first strafed the church with automatic gunfire and then lobbed a grenade into the parish convent around at 2:22 a.m.

Romulo said that while the attack was brief and the assailants gone as soon as awakened residents came out to investigate, the neighborhood was shocked over the incident.

Probers said the gunfire was from an M-14 rifle after lifting several slugs in the area.

“We are still investigating as of this moment the explosion incident and we have yet to determine what kind of bomb or grenade was used by the suspects,” said Romulo.

He said the apparent target of the attack was Rev. Fr. Jose Francisco Talaban, the parish priest Casiguran.

Romulo said no one was hurt in the attack but would not confirm whether or not Fr. Talaban was inside the church when the gunmen struck.

He said, however, that another clue to the suspects’ identities were the propaganda sheets allegedly left by the assailants at the crime scene.

Romulo said he already had his suspicions on who carried out the attack but declined to pinpoint any group until evidence supported it.

“Father Talaban is perceived to be anti-government but is known as pro-poor,” said the police official, who added that probers still had no suspects as of press time.

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Category: Church Security