ZAMBOANGA CITY: An unidentified gunman gunned down a former mayor of a Sulu town who was supposed to stand as key witness to the 2010 suicide bombing at the Zamboanga International Airport that targeted then Gov. Sakur Tan and his family.
Police said Ahmad Nanoh, 53, former mayor of Pangutaran town, was fatally shot on
Thursday afternoon while driving his pick-up truck in the village of Tetuan.
Nanoh was declared dead-on-arrival by the hospital’s attending physicians.
Responding policemen recovered four empty shells from a .45 caliber pistol in the crime scene. The motive of the killing is still being investigated.
Nanoh reportedly wanted to turn witness and tell the police what knew about the 2010 bombing that targeted Tan, in which he was also implicated.
Tan and his son Samier – now mayor of Maimbung town – survived the explosion, believed masterminded by political opponents of the governor. Two persons died from the blast, including the suicide bomber, while dozens were wounded.
Nanoh and Tan have figured in previous misunderstandings.
Tan, who is now running as governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, had previously suspended Nanoh in relation to the alleged graft cases during his term.
Tan’s supporters also accused online news site Rappler of maliciously implicating the politician, now the vice governor of Sulu, to the supposed death threats that Nanoh allegedly received following an altercation in 2008 at the domestic airport in Manila.
Tan, a philanthropist and a respected politician, explained that he only confronted Nanoh for always being absent. Tan said he only defended himself after Nanoh acted as if he was going to attack him.
Nanoh was running for mayor in Pangutaran under United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) in the May 2016 elections after he lost in 2013.