Moro fighter dies, 5 survive attack at sea

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Friday, January 4, 2013

A MEMBER of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) died while five others, including a family of three, were unscathed in a gun attack at sea east of Zamboanga City, the police reported.

The Police Station 4 reported that the incident took place around 7:15 p.m. Wednesday off the village of Mercedes, 14 kilometers (km) east of Zamboanga City.

The police identified the lone fatality as Akrab Jama, a resident of Tigtabon, which is an island village located 8.5 km east of Zamboanga City.

Those who were unscathed in the attack were the motorized banca owner-operator Abdurajid Jawari, 49; his sons Arsamil, 16; and Alyaser, 25; daughter-in-law, Milfaena, 19; and the couple’s daughter; seven-month-old Yasmir, according to the police.

Investigation showed the victims were aboard a motorized banca operated by the elder Jawari and on the way to Tigtabon Island after buying several containers of drinking water when three unidentified gunmen aboard on another motorized banca attacked in between the Sitios Bilang-Bilang and Mulu-Muluan, the police said.

Jama could be the attack’s main target and the motive of the incident could be personal grudge, the police said.

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