ZAMBOANGA CITY (DWDD) – A strafing incident occurred at high seas off Laud Siromon in Barangay Dita, Zamboanga City where 15 crew members of F/B NR were shot by 5 unidentified armed persons.
According to Baranggay Sangali Chairman Daud Bakil, at about 8 o’clock in the evening of January 9, a strafing incident occured killing 8 crew members of the said fishing vessel while 2 survivors were able to swim towards Siromon Island, and 5 remain missing.
Joint elements of the Zamboanga City Police Office – Police Stations 2 and 3, JTF Zamboanga, Philippine Coast Guard and local authorities were able to rescue the survivors, namely Nomar Sakandal and Ervin Banaan, and brought them and the hullboat to the Sangali Fish Port for further investigation and examination of Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO).
Further investigation revealed that this was a case of Rido or Clan War between families in the coastal fishing areas of Zamboanga City, particularly Brgys Dita and Curuan. AES / ALS