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Twin shooting incidents in Cotabato City

Local News • 03:30 AM Tue Jul 21, 2015
Edwin O. Fernandez

COTABATO CITY - Two shooting incidents were recorded by the Cotabato City Police Office despite efforts to contain rising cases ofcriminality.Last week, Mayor Japal Guiani convened the city peace and order council and directed the police to address the rash of shooting in the city.A day after a broad daylight murder of a Military Police officer along the busy Sinsuat Avenue, two more shooting incidents occurred over the weekend.Passenger motorbike driverJeremy Pitao Tan, 19 of Barangay Rosary Heights 2 was shot and wounded on his arm but managed to escape from his assassins.Tan told Police Station 2 investigators that he was picked up and handcuffed three men while in front of the Cotabato Regional and Medical Center along Sinsuat Avenue on Sunday night.He claimed he was brought to Biniruan, Barangay Poblacion 9 by the suspects and shot at about 1 a.m. But he outsmarted his attackers by running for his life until he reached an Army Special Forces detachment.The suspects were known toTan as he identified them in the police report asKag Kizz, Mao, Kahar and Moks.It was not known whether or not Tan was driving his motorbike when picked up and what happened to his motorbike.At 10 p.m. on Saturday night, unidentified gunmen shot dead Eddie Ali Kamad, 44 of Purok Bagal,Barangay Rosary Heights 10 (Malagapas), Cotabato City.Kamad was walking near his home when the suspects approached him from behind and opened fire using cal. 45 pistol. He died instantly.Responding police found a home-made Forty-lite (replica ofcal. 45 pistol with 12 gauge shotgun bullet)from the victim. Motive of the twin attacks remained unknown.

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