AMBUSH. A bystander looks at the bullet-riddled vehicle of Ali Manangca, who was killed along with four others in an ambush Thursday (Jan. 26, 2023)  in Barangay Piña, Sirawai, Zamboanga del Norte. Manangca is the village chief of Balubuan, Sirawai. (Photo courtesy of Ely Dumaboc)

ZAMBOANGA CITY – A village chief and four others were killed and two more were injured in an ambush in Zamboanga del Norte, the police reported Thursday.

An initial report of Sirawai Municipal Police Station said the village chairperson, Ali Manangca, along with four others were killed in an ambush around 3 p.m. Thursday in Barangay Piña.

Manangca is the village chief of Barangay Balubuan, Sirawai, Zamboanga del Norte.

The other victims were not immediately identified.

A team of Sirawai policemen led by Executive Master Sgt. Rymerjun Pernito, who rushed to the ambush site, brought the victims to the hospital for treatment.

Initial investigation showed that Manangca and his companions were aboard a Toyota Hilux when waylaid by unidentified gunmen.

Police said investigation is ongoing to establish the identities of the suspects. (PNA)