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At least three persons were injured while seven of their companions were unhurt in an ambush in Tungawan town of Zamboanga Sibugay, the police reported on Wednesday, September 28.
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Zamboanga Sibugay, Philippines: At least three persons were injured while seven of their companions were unhurt in an ambush in Tungawan town of Zamboanga Sibugay, the police reported on Wednesday, September 28.

Police Colonel Eduard Mallo, officer-in-charge of the Zamboanga Sibugay Police Provincial Office, said the ambush happened at around 1:50 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27, in Purok Bankal, Barangay Timbabauan, Tungawan.

Emergency responders brought the victims, who were employees of a rubber trading company, identified as Roel Lunggaquit, 37; Rubin Sebastian, 42; and Jovanie Asenjo, 41 to a hospital for treatment.

Six of the victims’ companions — Joel Carbonillas, 36, his wife, Ruth, 35; Mary Ann Fabro 32; Ruchard Kupa 26; Kimmy Paglinawan, 38; Dexter Noble, 23; and Ricky Mija, 32 — were unhurt.

Police investigation showed that the victims were onboard a truck of a local rubber firm on the way to Sisay village, Tungawan to buy raw rubbers when ambushed by a group of unidentified gunmen.

Some of the victims jumped from the truck and sought assistance from residents while the suspects fled.

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The police recovered unspent ammunition and several empty shells of caliber .45 and .9-millimter pistols at the crime scene.

Mallo said an investigation is ongoing to establish the identities of the suspects. (John Mahusay)

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