Thursday, December 17, 2020

Zambo cops told to stay alert

LOCAL POLICE forces are in heightened alert following a gun attack at a checkpoint that left a policeman wounded.

The attack occurred recently in Curuan where two motorcycle gunmen opened fire on one of two policemen manning the checkpoint. The gunmen stopped at the checkpoint and shot Corporal Cesar Gacosta and the attack sparked a brief gunfight, according to Captain Marvin Baclayo, the police station commander in the area. 

He said Gacosta’s companion traded gunfire with the attackers forcing them to flee on foot under cover of darkness, leaving behind their motorcycle and a pistol. “We are tracking down the gunmen,” Baclayo said, adding, they are investigating the motive of the shooting. It was unclear whether the attack was an act of terrorism or anything else. 

No individual or group claimed responsibility for the attack and police cannot say whether the gunmen were wounded in the exchange of fire. “We still don’t know if the gunmen were wounded in the firefight,” Baclayo said.  

Baclayo said the wounded cop was rushed to hospital. He said police recovered at least 10 bullet shells from the site and believed fired from a .45-caliber pistol and a 9mm pistol. 

The shooting came as Zamboanga tightened its security following fresh intelligence reports that Abu Sayyaf terrorists may strike at any opportune time. (Zamboanga Post)


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