South Cotabato police probing links of man killed in Tupi town
TACURONG CITY — Police in Tupi town of South Cotabato province are looking into the links of a man who was shot to death on Wednesday, January 4, after bomb-making materials were found in his possession.
Police Master Sgt. Rhea Gatinao of the Tupi municipal police station, said Eman Kalamongi, 21, was with his older brother Jayve, 24, waiting for a ride at the waiting shed in front of the Palian barangay hall when two men on board a motorbike arrived at around 2 p.m.
Without provocation, the gunmen opened fire, killing Eman instantly while an injured Jayve ran a few meters and sought help from residents nearby, Gatinao added.
Jayve was rushed to a hospital by responding police personnel.
Investigators found empty shells of a caliber .45 pistol at the crime scene.
To the authorities’ surprise, the brothers were bringing with them components for making bombs, Gatinao said, prompting police probers to determine if the two belonged to a local group responsible for manufacturing improvised explosive devices.
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