ZAMBOANGA CITY: A local policeman was shot dead by a gunman in an attack before dawn on Wednesday in Zamboanga City in southern Philippines, officials said. Officials said PO1 Jerome Alpa, 31 was killed in the village of Santa Catalina where he had been shot repeatedly in the body. Alpa, a member of the 9th Regional Maritime Group, was on a motorcycle when gunman shot him near his house. Chief Inspector Dahlan Samuddin, a regional police spokesman, said forensic investigators recovered two bullet slugs and seven cartridges of .45-caliber pistol in the area when Alpa was killed. “The Zamboanga City Police Station is conducting a follow-up operation to determine the motive, identity and arrest of the suspect,” he said. No individual has claimed responsibility for the shooting.