9 fishers feared dead, 2 survive in sea attack PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 December 2013 14:07

Nine fishermen, some of them minors, went missing and believed killed, while two survived after they were attacked at sea by pumpboat-riding gunmen at the border of Licomo, Zamboanga Cityand Zamboanga Sibugay last Wednesday night.

The two survivors identified as Muksim Ampasali and Loloy Ampasali suffered bullet wounds in the body and were taken to a hospital in this city.

DZT gathered that Bakren Doroh Ganeh Kalbe, a fisherman, told policemen in Zamboanga Sibugay that the attack took place near Pandilosan Island, somewhere in the border of Licomo and Tungawan, around 11 p.m.

It was learned that the two Ampasalis along with their nine companions — all residents of Seaside,  Sangali — were aboard three pumpboats on a fishing voyage when gunmen believed to be members of a Moro National Liberation Front lost command held and placed them in one area where they were sprayed with gunfire.

Muksin and Loloy who were wounded pretended to be dead until the gunmen left the place. They jumped into the sea, clung to a styrofoam and were later plucked from the water by some residents who brought them to the hospital.

The nine other fishermen could not be found and were presumed dead.

Authorities were still running after the perpetrators as hot pursuit operation was ongoing as of press times.  – Dan Toribio Jr.