Motorcycle gunmen strike anew in Pagadian City


PAGADIAN CITY: Motorcycle gunmen struck anew in Pagadian City in the southern Filipino province of Zamboanga del Sur province, strafing a house of a politician and indiscriminately firing their weapons, police said.

Police said two gunmen strafed the house of Joel Almasan, 45, in Purok Wagwag in Alta Tiera Subdivision in Tiguma village. Almasan was a candidate for the October 28 village polls and police are investigating if the attack was connected to politics.

Almasan told police that they were sleeping when gunmen attacked their house before dawn. No one was injured or killed in the strafing, but it damaged Almasan’s pick-up truck.

Another motorcycle gunman also fired his M16 automatic rifle in the air at Purok Muslim Village on Kawit and fled with another companion after the indiscriminate shooting in the area. Police rushed to the village, but did not catch up with the assailants.

The motive of the attack was unknown, but motorcycle gunmen have been sowing terror in villages in Pagadian where hired killers are actively operating and were blamed by authorities for the spate of murders in the city. AL JACINTO



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