Sri Lankan businessman shot dead in Cotabato city

Sri Lankan businessman shot dead in Cotabato city

Police say the victim lived in a nearby town in Maguindanao, where a gun ban is in effect due to a plebiscite scheduled for September 17.

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines – A Sri Lankan businessman was shot dead by a gunman in Cotabato City on Thursday afternoon, September 8.

The victim was identified as Mohamed Rifard Mohamed Siddeek, 46 years old.

A gun ban is in place in Maguindanao due to a plebiscite scheduled for September 17, and the city where the victim lived would become the capital of a new province if Maguindanao residents vote to split it in two.

Police said Sideek and his Filipina wife were separated.

Sideek was attacked as he was getting out of his car in central Cotabato around 2 pm.

Captain Kenneth Rosales, chief of Cotabato Police Station 1, said Siddeek was shot three times in the head and chest.

Rosales said the victim was still able to take a few steps to call for help and died while being rushed to a hospital.

Investigators said the assailant used a .45-caliber handgun based on empty cartridges found at the crime scene.

Police said they would look at CCTV footage from some stores to see if the shooting was caught on video.

Meanwhile, two separate gun attacks killed a businessman and three other people in Basilan province on Thursday morning.

Police identified the businessman as Talamon Jemmy, 59.

Jemmy was on his way to Sengal village to attend a conflict resolution involving his nephew when he was attacked by two armed men on a motorcycle shortly before noon.

Earlier, three people were killed and three others injured, including a child, when an armed group sprayed a house with automatic fire in Guiong, Sumisip town in Basilan.

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The victims were reportedly asleep when they were attacked. – with reporting by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

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