COTABATO CITY (PNA) – Four female family members, including a minor, were killed while four others were wounded, when armed men fired at their house in Pikit, North Cotabato on Friday afternoon.

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Policemen check the body of one of the victims killed in a shooting incident in Pikit, North Cotabato on Friday afternoon (Oct. 9, 2020). Four female members of the family, including a three-year-old, were killed while four others, including three minors, were injured in the attack perpetrated by four armed in Sitio Tugunan, Barangay Lagunde of Pikit town. (Photo courtesy of Jess M. Ali – DXMY-RMN Cotabato/ VIA PNA/ MANILA BULLETIN)

Pikit Police Chief Capt. Mautin Pangandigan identified those killed as Sittie Alipolo Abdullah, widow, 58; Zenaida Mustapha, 36; Laga Abdullah, 34; and a three-year-old girl.

Pangandigan said the wounded were Asria Abdulrajak Abdullah, 30, and three minors aged 13, eight, and seven.

All the victims were residents of Sitio Tugunan, Barangay Lagunde in Pikit.

Pangandigan said the victims were inside their house and were resting shortly after having lunch when four men arrived, and peppered their house with gunfire using M16 rifles.

“Pursuit operations are ongoing,” Pangandigan said. Initial investigation said the possible motive in the incident could be personal grudge.

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