Father of bride shot inside mosque, groom hurt

Breaking News • Thu Oct 12, 2017 01:19 PM  •  174   0
By Edwin Fernandez and Cynthia Lumogda/DXMS Radyo Bida
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COTABATO CITY -- Unidentified gunmen shot dead a father of the bride and injured the groom in a daring shooting incident shortly after Muslim wedding rites in the mosque inside the Mall of Alnor here Thursday morning.  

Chief Inspector Reynaldo Delatien, chief of Cotabato City police station 2, identified the fatality as Hadji Nasifh Abdullah Sampiano, 52, former village chairperson of Barangay Purakan, Balabagan, Lanao del Sur and the injured as Abil Gampong Balindong, 35, resident of Malabang, Lanao del Sur.  

The shooting occurred after the wedding rites for Balindong and Sampiano’s daughter in a Muslim rite inside the Masjid at about 10:30 a.m., police said.  

One of the gunmen, armed with 9mm pistol, opened fire on Sampiano several times, hitting him in the head and body.  

Balindong was hit by stray bullets.  Both were rushed to Cotabato Regional and Medical Center across the mall.
 

Sampiano was declared dead on arrival by attending physicians.  

Investigators are still at the crime scene. Motive of the attack remained unknown as of posting. 
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