Pakistani shot dead, driver wounded in Lamitan holdup PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 September 2014 13:53

Police on Wednesday recovered along the highway the body of a Pakistani who was shot dead by armed holduppers in Lamitan City, Basilan province.

A police report said that Rehman Kan who was engaged in money lending business and his driver were shot around 1 p.m. Wednesday along the highway in Barangay Sabong, Lamitan City.

Kan and the driver Albert Palcon were returning to the town proper after collecting loan dues from clients when their motorcycle was waylaid by gunmen who shot them. Palcon was seriously wounded.

Investigators were still trying to determine the amount of money the highway robbers took from Kan.

It was learned that Kan has been lending money to small merchants in Lamitan City for some years now.

On June 2001, Lamitan City came under siege by Abu Sayyaf militants who were holding several hostages they seized at the Dos Palmas Resort in the famous tourist destination province of Palawan.

Among the hostages were American couple Martin and Gracia Burnham and Guillermor Sobero.

The Abu Sayyaf band led by Abu Sabaya occupied a hospital in Lamitan as they were trying to evade  pursuing government troops. Some of the hostages and soldiers were killed in a fierce firefight that ensued during the siege,a after which Sabaya’s group managed to escape to the jungles of Basilan.

Martin Burnham was later killed and his wife Gracia was rescued during a military operation in the jungles of Zamboanga del Norte where they fled after escaping Basilan. — Richard Falcatan