Town mayor, 3 others killed in NAIA-3 gun attack

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A town mayor in Zamboanga del Sur and three other people were killed when gunmen opened fire inside Ninoy Aquino International Airport’s (NAIA) Terminal 3 Friday.

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Four other persons were wounded in the shooting at around 11:15 a.m. at the airport’s loading bay, police reported.

Killed were Labangan Mayor Ukol Talumpa his wife, and two others whose identities were still being determined Friday afternoon.

The reports said the mayor’s group had just arrived from Cebu and were on their way to a waiting vehicle when they were attacked.

Airport security guards chased after the gunmen but they escaped on a motorcycle in the heavy late-morning traffic outside the terminal.

Talumpa, a member of the opposition, won a hotly contested election last May.

Footage by local television GMA showed a man slumped on the curb of the airport driveway, with two trolleys full of luggage either side of him.

Police are withholding the identities of the other victims pending notification of next of kin, he added.

Anthony Vargas and AFP

 

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