Pirates attack fishermen

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

TWO fishermen survived although wounded while nine others, including two children, were missing and feared dead in a Christmas Day gun attack by pirates offshore Talusan, Zamboanga Sibugay.

The Police Station 3 reported that the incident took place around 10 a.m. Wednesday in the municipal waters of Talusan.

Police Officer 1 (PO1) John Michael Dela Llana, the case investigator, identified the wounded fishermen as Muksin Ambasali and Loloy Ambasali, who were admitted to the Zamboanga City Medical Center (ZCMC).

Missing and feared dead were: Alajid Salayani, Jeffrey Salayani, Munsid Ambasali, Jaji Ambasali, Jimmy Salayani, Kusain Alipe, Palari Salayani, and two children Bending Salayani, 7, and Benjie Salayani, 9.

All of the victims are residents of Sitio Seaside in the village of Sangali.

Investigation showed the victims were fishing aboard three motorized bancas when six gunmen onboard three motorized bancas arrived.

Dela Llana said the gunmen herded the victims in one motorized banca and opened fire.

He said the Ambasalis were rescued and taken to the hospital by another group of fishermen who passed by the place of the incident.

Investigation continued Thursday in a bid to establish the identities of the gunmen, said Dela Llana.

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