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Muslim cleric’s son murdered in Zamboanga City

ZAMBOANGA CITY – A lone gunman shot dead the son of a Muslim preacher while he and his father was about to start a prayer in a house in Zamboanga city in southern Philippines, police said Tuesday.

Police said the gunmen barged in the house of Evelyn Kalaw in Sinunuc village and shot the 27-year old Abdel Muin Jikiri several times. The attacker escaped on a motorcycle after the shooting.

Jikiri’s father and other house occupants were unhurt from the shooting.

Chief Inspector Helen Galvez, a regional police spokeswoman, said a criminal investigation into the killing was launched to determine the motive of the murder. But an initial police report, she said, claimed that the killing may have been triggered by personal grudge.

She said police investigators also recovered bullet casings fired from a .45-caliber pistol. Jikiri’s family did not give any statement to the press on the murder.

Gun attacks are not uncommon in Zamboanga where hired killers actively operate. (Mindanao Examiner)


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