• 2 killed in Basilan ambush

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    Unidentified gunmen on Tuesday ambushed two employees of a financing company in the restive province of Basilan in southern Philippines, police said.

    It said the attack killed Jennifer Timtim and Saud Macalangcom—who both worked for KFI Center for Community Development Foundation. The ambush occurred in the village of Ubit in Lamitan City.

    Police said the attackers carted the collections of the employees before escaping.

    No individual or group claimed responsibility for the killings, but gun attacks are a common occurrence in Lamitan City where hired killers and bandits are actively operating.

    Just recently, two teachers—Rodolfo Saavedra and his wife Gloria—were killed and their companion Ellen Cubico, was wounded in an ambush also in Lamitan City. The three were traveling on a motorcycle in the village of Maloong Canal when an unidentified gunman attacked them.

    The assailant took the victims’ motorcycle and escaped towards Isabela City.  The killings of the teachers drew widespread condemnation in Basilan province. AL JACINTO

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