TRADER SHOT DEAD IN N. COTABATO
COTABATO CITY — Gunmen on board a motorbike shot dead a businessman in front of his home in the North Cotabato town of Pikit on Wednesday afternoon, police said.
It was the 15th shooting incident in the town in the past three months despite the presence of police and soldiers from the Army’s 7th Infantry Battalion in the area.
Senior Insp. Mauti Pangandigan, Pikit town police chief, identified the slain trader as Kamarudin Tutol, 50, of Barangay Poblacion in Pikit.
“At about 4:30 p.m., two men riding in tandem on a motorbike arrived and pumped bullets on Tutol without provocation,” Pangandigan said.
The victim succumbed to gunshot wounds in the chest and stomach. After the shooting, witnesses said the killers sped off towards an unknown direction.
Tutol was rushed to the Cruzado Medical Clinic but was declared dead on arrival.
Pangandigan said personal grudge could have motivated the murder.