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Cops still sifting through deadly Radjah Buayan gun attack

Peace and Order • 15:15 PM Fri Sep 3, 2021
John M. Unson

COTABATO CITY - Probers are still trying to solve the fatal ambush Wednesday in Radja Buayan, Maguidnanao of a father and his five-year-old son by gunmen on motorcycles, a regional police official said Friday.

Brig. Gen. Eden Ugale, director of the Police Regional Office-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region, said he has directed the Maguindanao provincial police to tap the support of members of the Radjah Buayan municipal peace and order council in trying to identify the culprits for prosecution.

The suspects, armed with pistols, attacked Eskak Esmail, 38, his wife, the 35-year-old Paidza, and their five-year-old son, while on board their vehicle en route to the town proper of Radja Buayan from an interior area in the municipality.

Esmail’s son, who sustained a bullet wound in the head, died on the spot.

Esmail succumbed to bullet wounds in different parts of his body later in a hospital.

His wife, who was wounded in the ambush, is still confined in a hospital.

Ugale said responding police investigators found spent pistol cartridges scattered in the crime scene.

Senior members of the Radjah Buayan municipal police said there are indications that an “old grudge” led to the ambush that resulted in the demise of Esmail and his son.

Ugale said it was Esmail who was the target of the attack.

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