Sayyafs attack plantation guards


A STONE breaker was killed by a stray bullet while two security personnel of a rubber plantation were unscathed following an attack perpetrated by the Abu Sayyaf bandits in Sumisip town, Basilan.

The Basilan Police Provincial Office (BPPO) said the incident happened around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at a bridge in the village of Manggal, Sumisip, Basilan.

The police identified the fatality as Romeo Pucong, a resident of Sumagdang village, Isabela City, the capital of Basilan province.

Unscathed were Pilman Masirul and Hajim Barillo, both security personnel of the Manggal Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Development Cooperative (Marbedco).

Police investigation showed that Masirul and Barillo were providing security to Marbedco workers when they were fired upon by suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits.

The bandits missed their targets and instead hit Pucong, who was crushing stone nearby, the police said.

Pucong was rushed to a hospital in Isabela City but he died before reaching the facility, the police added.

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