ZAMBOANGA CITY – Unidentified gunmen strafed a truck loaded with lumber and killed its driver while four others managed to flee from the attack in the troubled province of Basilan in southern Philippines.
Police said the attack occurred late Wednesday afternoon in Macalang village in Al-Barka town and killed the 45-year old driver Roel Sanson. His companions fled from the truck on the first volley of gunfire and ran until they reached an army detachment and sought help.
The victim and his group were engaged in lumber trading, according to the police, but the motive of the attack remains unknown. No individual or group claimed responsibility for the ambush which happened despite the expanded martial law in the restive region due to threats of rebellion and terrorism.
Just recently, a logger was also killed by rebels after he failed to recite Muslim prayers in Maluso town also in Basilan. (Mindanao Examiner)
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