Wednesday, January 12, 2011
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Jan. 12, 2011) - Two members of a local financial cooperative were shot and seriously wounded on Wednesday on a village in Zamboanga City in the southern Philippines.
The two were shot as they travel on motorcycle back to office after collecting from cooperative members in the village of Ayala.
“We still don’t know what really happened to them. What we know was that they had been shot today,” a staff from Micro-Entrepreneurs' Multi-Purpose Cooperative said by phone.
She said one of the wounded is a female collector and the other is a cooperative member.
Police said it is still investigating the shooting, but other reports said the victims’ collections were also taken. It was not immediately known how many were involved in the attack.
The cooperative has more than 6,000 members and offers financial services and technical assistance to small enterprises, including livelihood skills training.
Gun attacks are not uncommon in Zamboanga City where assassins are usually paid to murder people and feuding clans added up to the problems.
On Monday, gunmen also killed five merchants selling mattresses in an ambush in Mohd Adjul town in the restive province of Basilan. Police said Abu Sayyaf militants could be behind the attack. (Mindanao Examiner)