Philippine mayor among four dead in Manila airport ambushAgence France-Presse . Manila / New Age Online
Gunmen opened fire outside Manila international airport Friday, officials said, killing four people including the mayor of a town in the southern Philippines, where political violence is endemic.
Terrified men and women screamed and cried while a man, apparently fatally wounded, lay face down on the pavement outside the passenger terminal in a video clip uploaded to the local GMA television network's website.
The dead included Mayor Ukol Talumpa of the southern town of Labangan, his wife, his 18-month-old grandson and a male aide, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima told reporters.
"I understand that was the third attempt on the life of the mayor and this time the culprits succeeded," de Lima said.
"It's extremely deplorable that even the wife, grandson and a staff (assistant) were also killed."
An airport policeman, who asked not to be named, told AFP he was on duty about 10 metres (33 feet) away when the mayor and his party were attacked.
"I heard gunshots so I whipped out my pistol and ran to the area. But the gunman had fled. He had an accomplice on a motorcycle," said the officer.
"People were shocked and just stood there so I could not shoot," he added.
"We tried to chase them in a police van but got caught up in the traffic," he said, adding the gunman was wearing a police cap and a blue jacket.
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