Tension grips Zambo Norte town
DIPOLOG CITY – Tension is high in Zamboanga del Norte town of Sibuco after a leader of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front was shot and critically wounded in an attack by gunmen.
Police said Ustadz Batarasa was shot last week in the village called Lakiki in Sibuco town and had been transferred to Zamboanga City Medical Center. It said one of the attackers has been identified only through his alias, Jahal, a leader of an armed group also operating in Sibuco.
The motive of the shooting is still unclear and police said it is investigating the attack. It was unknown if the attack was connected to a turf war or family feud. Villagers fear that Batarasa’s group would avenge their leader.
The MILF, which signed an interim peace deal with Manila in 2014, has not release any statement in connection with the failed assassination of Batarasa, whose group is operating in the province.