Illegal fisher killed in Zambo Sur PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 23 August 2015 16:53

A suspected illegal fisher was shot and killed by soldiers of the Army’s 53rd Infantry Battalion and men of the V. Sagun Municipal Police Station after his group opened fire on security forces off Igat Island, Margosatubig, Zamboanga Del Sur Friday afternoon.

The incident took place at 3 p.m., said Lt. Col. Audie Mongao, 1st Infantry Division spokesperson.

He added that police and military units, along with members of the V. Sagun Bantay-Dagat, were conducting law enforcement operations in the vicinity, in wake of illegal fishing complaints, when they spotted armed men aboard a “tari-tari” motorized fishing boat.

At this point, the suspects in the fishing boat opened fire on government security forces, prompting the latter to return fire, killing one of the illegal fishers.

The “tari-tari” then tried to escape but were quickly intercepted, resulting in the capture of four suspects and confiscation of an M-1 Garand rifle, 16 rounds of ammunition and the fishing boat.