• Masked assailants kill 2 in Zamboanga del Norte

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    Zamboanga City: Motorcycle-riding gunmen shot and killed two persons in an attack over the weekend in the town of Liloy in Zamboanga del Norte province, police said.

    Police said Jessie Velasco, 37, and Rafael Callao, 68, were traveling on a motorcycle when masked gunmen shot them.

    The attackers were tailing the duo and shot them in the village of Kayok.

    Velasco was a fish vendor, while Callao worked in a lumberyard as a chainsaw operator.

    The two men fell bloodied and wounded in a rice paddy in the initial volley of fire, but the attackers finished them off.

    Police said both victims were repeatedly shot by the assailants who fled after the killings.

    Gun attacks and killings were rampant in the province and many of these cases remain unresolved.

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