Gunmen kill Army intel officer in Basilan ambush

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ZAMBOANGA CITY– Police and military authorities are investigating the killing of an Army intelligence personnel in an ambush in Tipo-Tipo, Basilan province on Monday.

Basilan Police Director Senior Supt. Rufino Inot said Tuesday he has ordered the case investigator to work closely with the military and all individuals to identify the killers of Sgt. Moh Alam, 46, of Zamboanga Sibugay province.

Alam, an intelligence personnel of the Army’s 18th Infantry Battalion, was driving his motorcycle when ambushed by unidentified gunmen in Sitio Kapayawan, Barangay Baguindan, Tipo-Tipo at about 8 a.m. Monday, police said.

The victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds that resulted in his instant death.

Inot said the incident was reported at about 11 a.m. by Baguindan Barangay Chairperson Bishari Hantian at the Tipo-Tipo Police station.

He said the suspects may have staged the ambush after the victim’s nature of work had been exposed.

The place where the ambush occurred was a former stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf Group.

As of posting time, no one has claimed responsibility for the incident. -Bong Garcia/PNA

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