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Updateand 4 die in Cotabato City shooting

Breaking News • 05:05 AM Sat Aug 29, 2015
Ferdinandh Cabrera and Bernadette Maribojo/DXMS Radyo Bida
Scene of the Crime Operatives conduct crime scene investigation atop Tanghal Bridge in Barangay B agua Mother, Cotabato City following a shooting incident that left 3 dead and 1 wounded Aug. 28, 2015 (Ferdinandh Cabrera)

COTABATO CITY -- Three village officials were killed and another was seriously wounded in yet another shooting incident in the city, this time atop Tanghal Bridge in Barangay Bagua Mother.A flash report over DXMS-AM Radyo Bida and Happy FM said theshooting happened at past 5 p.m. and the victims were village councilman and three village watchmen.Senior Supt. Rex Anongos, Cotabato City police director, said about six gunmen on board a four-wheel vehicle and a motorbike opened fire on the Barangay Bagua Mother patrol vehicle parked atop a bridge, just beside the Barangay Tanod outpost.Anongos identified the slain village councilman as Misuari Karim of Barangay Bagua Mother,along with Barangay Tanods Mamanta Kalim and Theng Wahab. Another village watchman, Omar Abo, was in critical condition in the hospital (He died hours later-ed)Responding policemen recovered empty shells for AK-47 rifle, M-16 Armalite rifle, cal. 45 pistol and 9mm pistol.Anongos said the victims were inside a parked government issuedred multi-cab atop the bridge when the attacker opened fire.Witnesses said the victims were caught unaware and failed to return fire on the attackers who quickly sped away.Other village watchmen rushed the victims to the hospital.Anongos said the motive could be personal.He said about 30 minutes earlier,Karim visited the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group office at PC Hill, Cotabato City where he sought assistance after receiving death threats.Karim chairs the Barangay Council committee on peace and order and spearheaded the campaign against illegal drugs in the village.Since 4 p.m. Thursday until today's ambush in Barangay Bagua, a total of six persons have been killed in five shooting incidents in what residents described as shooting season. In August alone, at least 15 shooting incidents were recorded by the Cotabato City police office.

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