Imam shot in broad day­light

Sun.Star Baguio - - Front Page - Maria Elena Cata­jan Jonathan Llanes Sun*Star Re­porters

IMAM Bede­jim Ab­dul­lah was shot in broad day­light in a busy street in the city.

Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Eliseo Tand­ing, OIC city di­rec­tor of the Baguio City Po­lice Of­fice said the shoot­ing in­ci­dent hap­pened at around 11:00 a.m. of Novem­ber 6 at Kayang street in­side the pub­lic mar­ket.

“As of this time, we are still await­ing for the re­sults of the medico le­gal find­ings and will soon give a re­lease,” Tand­ing said.

The Imam was rushed to the hospi­tal after the shoot­ing while a hot pur­suit op­er­a­tion is on­go­ing

against pos­si­ble sus­pects.

Ab­dul­lah served as a Mus­lim cleric at the Philip­pine Mil­i­tary Academy and preaches at Dis­cover Is­lam Baguio, a re­li­gious school.

Ab­dul­lah, who is the vice chair­man of the multi sec­toral re­gional ad­vi­sory coun­cil of the Cordillera po­lice have pre­vi­ously de­nounced all forms of ex­trem­ism.

Baguio City Vice Mayor Edi­son Bilog mean­while con­demned the mur­der of Ab­dul­lah and has sought full in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the killing.

“I con­demned to the high­est de­gree the bru­tal slay­ing of a good and peace lov­ing man,” Bilog in a state­ment said.

Ab­dul­lah was shot twice in the head and thrice in the body by a still-uniden­ti­fied as­sailant in Kayang Street.

The City Coun­cil will act on a res­o­lu­tion to be filed by Com­mit­tee on Hu­man Rights and Jus­tice chair coun­cilor Faustino Olowan con­demn­ing the bar­baric act and call­ing for an im­me­di­ate in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the mur­der next week.

Ab­dul­lah also hosted a ra­dio pro­gram on Mus­lim Af­fairs and ad­vo­cated for an un­der­stand­ing of Is­lam and helped set up mosques in the city to give places of wor­ship for Mus­lims.

Ab­du­lah was also a na­ture en­thu­si­ast and or­ga­nized events in bik­ing, run­ning and marathons.

Photo by Jean Ni­cole Cortes

CRIME SCENE. Chalk marks in front of Kayang Busi­ness Cen­ter is what’s left after a shoot­ing in­ci­dent in the morn­ing of De­cem­ber 6.

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