Shooting at Manila airport kills four, including mayor

A gunman opened fire at Manila's international airport on Friday, killing the mayor of a southern Philippines town and three others.
Posted By JC Finley Follow @JC_Finley Contact the Author   |   Dec. 20, 2013 at 11:49 PM

Around 11:20 a.m. local time, an unidentified gunman open fire at Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Friday and killed Ukol Talumpa, the mayor of Labangan, his wife, a 28-year-old woman who was alternately identified as his niece or a staff member, and an 18-month old baby.

Talumpa had been the target of at least two previous assassination attempts. In May, he won his mayoral position in a hotly contested election that left sixty people dead.

Herminio Coloma, Jr., head of the Presidential Communications Operations Office, announced "We condemn this blatant act of violence that has killed an innocent bystander and imperiled the safety of citizens in the airport." President Benigno S. Aquino III promised to bring those responsible to justice. The gunman fled the airport on a motorbike and escaped.

Friday's airport attack also injured five people.

[The Times of India] [Los Angeles Times] [CNN]

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