Motorcycle gunmen strike in Isabela City


ZAMBOANGA CITY: Motorcycle gunmen shot and killed a woman and wounded her husband in attack in the capital city of Isabela in Basilan, police said on Sunday.

Investigators said the couple was on a motorcycle heading home from a cockpit arena after winning a game when gunmen attacked them in the village of Menzi on Friday.

The woman, Aurelia Ablao, tried to escape but was shot in the head as she ran for safety. Her husband, Virgilio, was also shot, but managed to flee from the gunmen.

Police said the gunmen took the woman’s bag containing P50,000 in cash believed to be part of their winnings in the gambling, and the husband’s .45-caliber pistol.

Robbery was likely motive of the attack, according to the police, but gun attacks are common in Isabela, where hired killers and Moro rebels are active operating.

The latest murder brought to five the number of killings in one week.

Basilan is one of five provinces under the Muslim autonomous region in Mindanao.


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