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8 dead, 5 missing as pirates strafe fishing boat

  • Written by Zaida delos Reyes-Palanca
  • Published in Provincial
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EIGHT fishermen were killed, five were missing and two luckily survived in a strafing incident perpetrated by suspected pirates Monday night on the high seas of Zamboanga City.

The identities of the fatalities as well as the wounded were not yet available as of press time.
   
Two fishermen, identified as Nomar Sakandal and Ervin Banaan, survived and are now under the custody of the Curuan police.
   
Reports said the incident occurred at 8 p.m. off Laud Siromon, Bgy. Dita, Zamboanga City.
   
The victims were on board F/B NR or Hulbot Hulbot on their fishing adventure when the suspects peppered them with bullets, killing eight of the victims on the spot while five others jumped into the deep sea. As of press time, they were still reported missing while two others survived.
   
For his part, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said they received information that the incident could be a RIDO or clan war between warring families in coastal fishing areas in Zamboanga City, particularly in Bgys. Dita and Curuan.