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1 dead, 2 hurt in Cotabato City shootout

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A 50-year-old man was killed and two were injured in a shootout along a busy thoroughfare here on Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Major Glenn Mar Avisa, city police station 1 chief, said the shootout started around 3:20 p.m. along Rajah Tabunaway Boulevard, particularly in front of Nurharris Junk Shop, where a man alighted from a Honda Civic car and shot Johnity Kubato, 39, of Rosary Heights 7, this city.

Avisa said the alleged suspects were identified as Suharto Kasim Panalangin, 32, driver of the Honda sedan, and Asraf Bajunaid, 50, both from this city.

Quoting witnesses, Avisa said the armed Kubato, despite his injuries, also traded shots with the suspects in the car as they sped off toward Jose Lim Street from Rajah Tabunaway Boulevard.

“Kubato chased Panalangin and Bajunaid and traded shots with them until the car stopped in the middle of the road,” Avisa said.

Police from station 1, located two blocks away, took the injured Kubato and Panalangin to the Cotabato Regional and Medical Center while the slain Bajunaid was left at the back seat of the car.

Investigators found two .45-caliber pistols and empty shells inside the car.

“Investigators are also looking into documents of the car that has a police commemorative license plate at its rear,” Avisa said.

Avisa believed that the shootout was triggered by a personal grudge. Those injured remain under close watch at the hospital. (PNA)

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