Karam Jakilan, mayor of Albarkah, Basilan, along with three others, was slain in an ambush just this afternoon. They were attacked in Tipo-Tipo, according to police reports.
Basilan is located just off the southern coast of Zamboanga Peninsula, Mindanao, Philippines. Basilan, which is within the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), is the biggest and northernmost among the major islands of the Sulu Archipelago.
Basilan Police Superintendent Salik Macapantar reportedly said that the mayor, his driver and two unnamed persons – a man and a woman – were killed at around 4 pm today. Meanwhile, three people included in the convoy were hurt.
Police believe that the motive of the killing was “rido,” which pertains to blood feuds that often go unresolved over several generations.
Our deep condolences to the bereaved families.