2 killed, 15 hurt in Isabela resto blast PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 27 June 2011 17:49

Two people were killed, while 15 others, including a policeman, were wounded in an explosion that triggered a fire Saturday that razed a well-known restaurant in Isabela City.
The explosion took place around 5:55 p.m at Mon’s Kitchen located along Roxas Avenue corner JS Alano Street, Barangay Seaside, Isabela Cty.

Special Operations Task Force-Basilan (SOTF-B) commander Col. Alex Macario said that the blast was not caused by a bomb but a Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) tank based on the reports of the SOTF-B explosive ordnance demolition (EOD) personnel.

A police report identified one of the fatalities as Alnizar Alonto, a former army soldier.
Wounded were Christopher Raymundo Nunez, Basilio Lehito Bersio, Marlon Albarato, Albert Alvarez, Mateo Agedera, Reynante Lim, Hamsal Hassan, Celina Juan, Jokal Rempoin, Albert Alvarez, PO1 Imbran Habibon, Jovito Quisol, Alan Cahado and Orly Gamao.

The victims were taken to the Basilan Community Hospital and Infante Hospital while others were transferred to hospitals in this city.
The explosion triggered a fire which was placed under control Isabela City firemen in coordination with the Evangelical Church firefighters.
Col. Macario said that Mon’s Kitchen personnel were cooking food to be served to customers when suddenly the LPG tank exploded.

Mon’s Kitchen is usually full of customers at the end of the day since it is among the favorite restaurants of in Isabela City.
Mon’s Kitchen is known since 1960s for its Chinese cuisines, including siopao and pancit.

After the explosion, the Basilan Crisis Management Committee convened with the police and military to discuss security measures.
Isabela City Police Station chief, Supt. Allan Nazarro, said the police and military were still investigating thoroughly to make sure it was not a bomb attack. — Dan Toribio Jr.