Zamboanga del Norte town VM Esmali, 2 others dead in ambush

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The vice mayor of Baliguian, Zamboanga del Norte and his two other companions were killed while another was wounded in an ambush Saturday, January 11.

Police Regional Office 9 spokesperson Police Major Helen L. Galvez said Vice Mayor Gani Esmali died upon arrival at the hospital after unidentified suspects waylaid them at Barangay Sta. Maria, Siocon in Zamboanga del Norte around 11:30 a.m.

The official’s two other companions died on the spot while the other injured is undergoing medical treatment.

The victims were on board a gray vehicle owned by the vice mayor and heading towards Siocon when undeterminined number of armed men fired upon them.

The suspects riding a dirty white van with unknown plate number fled the area heading towards the municipality of Gutalac in the same province.

Investigation has been ongoing to arrest the suspects.