ZAMBOANGA CITY – Motorcycle gunmen shot and seriously wounded a village chieftain of Basilan province in an attack outside a coffee shop in Zamboanga City in southern Philippines, police said Sunday.
Police said Sufian Unggas Hadis was with Saddam Pacio, a professor at the Basilan State College, when he was attacked.
The 40-year old Hadis, village chieftain of Pisak-Pisak in the town of Tabuan Lasa, just boarded his car parked outside the Dennis Tea Garden in the village of Baliwasan when he was shot several times by one of the attackers.
Pacio was unhurt from the shooting which occurred near the police station and village hall.
“Based on the statement of witnesses, after having dinner at Dennis Tea Garden together with his companion identified as Professor Saddam L. Pacio of Basilan State College, the victim boarded his automobile, but suddenly, two unidentified male suspects approached the victim and shot him several times using a .45 caliber pistol based on the empty shells recovered,” said Major Helen Galvez, a regional police spokesperson.
She said the assailants escaped on a motorcycle after the shooting.
“The suspects immediately escaped and boarded a black and white XRM motorcycle towards the west coast area. The victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds on different parts of his body,” she said.
Galvez said the police were investigating the motive of the attack. No individual or group claimed responsibility for the shooting and Hadis’ family did not release any statement to the press. (Zamboanga Post)
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