• Police look for leads in ambush of sultan

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    ZAMBOANGA CITY: Police have began investigating the ambush of a sultan that killed his son and left him and a body guard seriously wounded in Pagadian City in Zamboanga del Sur province, officials said on Wednesday.

    Officials said that three gunmen were involved in the attack that killed Jamirel Bago, son of Sultan Abdulrajak Bago, 62, who works with the National Food Authority in Pagadian City.

    Chief Insp. Ariel Huesca, a regional police spokesman, said Bago and his son and their bodyguard, Reynaldo Gamoa, 60, were in a car when gunmen attacked them just outside the National Food Authority office in the village of Tiguma.

    Huesca said that the police are still investigating the motive of the attack or who was behind it. Bago’s family did not release any statement about the shooting, but police investigators are looking into clan war or family feud as the motive behind the daring assault.

    He said the assailants escaped on a motorcycle after the attack that left both the elder Bago and Gamoa critically wounded.

    “Victims sustained multiple gunshot wounds on the different parts of their bodies and were rushed to the Mendero Hospital in Pagadian City, however, Jamirel Bago was declared dead on arrival by the attending physician,” Huesca said.

    He said police investigators recovered 22 bullet casings fired from an M16 assault rifle and .45 pistol in the area.

    No individual or group claimed responsibility for the attack captured in a security camera.
    Gun attacks are a common occurrence in Pagadian City where hired killers are actively operating. Many of the cases remain unsolved.

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