Written by Bella Dalima
20 Dec, 2013 | 7:07 pm
A gunman opened fire outside a terminal at Manila’s main airport, killing the mayor of a southern Philippines town, two members of his family and a young child.
Striking amid the bustle of pre-Christmas travel, the attack wounded five people and caused panic among passengers caught up in the chaos. Gun crime and political violence occur with grim frequency in the Philippines. But the shooting Friday at Terminal 3 of Ninoy Aquino International Airport appeared particularly brazen.
Initial reports suggested the shooting may have been carried out by more than one attacker. But police said they believe a lone gunman sprayed bullets at the mayor and his entourage before fleeing on foot and being picked up by an accomplice on a motorcycle.
The dead include Ukol Talumpa, the mayor of Labangan, a town in the southern Philippines, and his wife and 28-year-old niece, said Supt. Jose Erwin Villacorte, director of the Manila region’s Southern Police District.
An 18-month-old child, believed to have been struck by a stray bullet, was also killed, Villacorte said.
Authorities said the shooting took place around 11:20 a.m. at the terminal’s loading bay, an area outside the airport’s security screening of passengers. It was a busy time at the airport, which handles both domestic and international flights. Police believe the mayor, who has reportedly survived previous assassination attempts, was the target of the attack.
Source : CNN
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