Kidapawan village exec hurt in gun attack

Kidapawan village exec hurt in gun attack

COTABATO CITY – Police authorities in Kidapawan City have launched a manhunt for three men who ambushed and injured a village chairperson on Tuesday evening.

Col. Ramel Hojilla, Kidapawan police director, said several leads are being pursued against the armed men who ambushed Albert Espina, chairperson of Barangay Sto. Niño, Kidapawan City.

Hojilla said Espina, 38, was heading home in his Toyota Hi-Lux pick-up with his wife and child at 7 p.m. when they were flagged down by still unidentified gunmen along a dimly-lit road in Purok 7.

“One of the suspects opened fire on him using a .45 caliber pistol,” he said over a radio station here Wednesday.

Hojilla said Espina sustained bullet wounds on his elbow and shoulder and is recuperating at a private hospital.

Espina’s wife and child were unharmed in the incident.

Police investigators have already interviewed the victim to determine the possible motive and identities of the attackers, Hojilla said. (PNA)

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