• 3 killed in Zamboanga gun attacks

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    ZAMBOANGA CITY: Three people were killed in separate weekend attacks in the Zamboanga Peninsula in southern Philippines, police said on Monday.

    It said motorcycle gunmen shot and killed a former environmental official Rodolfo Balagot, 50, and wounded his companion Joel Cañales in the village of Magdaup in Zamboanga Sibugay’s Ipil town.

    Police said that, the victims were traveling on a motorcycle when gunmen attacked them. The assailants escaped after the shooting.

    In Sindangan town in Zamboanga del Norte province, gunmen also killed Romel Igot, 34.

    The man was talking to his friends Bryan Capa, 20, and Francis Capa, 15, outside an Internet shop when the gunmen arrived on a motorcycle and without any provocation, shot Igot several times.

    Igot, though severely wounded, still managed to run away, but he was chased by the attackers and finished off near a Catholic church.

    Police recovered about a dozen .45 empty bullet casings from the crime scene.

    Police said in Bayog town in Zamboanga del Sur province, armed men also shot and killed Michael Alajeño, 29. It said the victim died instantly from the attack.

    In Pagadian City also in the province, two gunmen shot and wounded Nilo Para, 20. The attackers fled in separate directions after the shooting. Para was rushed to a hospital. Police said the victim is wanted by authorities for rape and another case for physical injury. It was not immediately known whether the attack was connected to the criminal cases against Para.

    Gun attacks and killings are a daily occurrence in the provinces and many of the cases remain unsolved. Hired killers operate unabated in Zamboanga Peninsula and authorities have failed to curb rising crime rate.

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