Doctor, guard killed in Cotabato; gunman posed as 'patient'

Lore Mae Andong, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 18 2017 01:23 PM | Updated as of Apr 18 2017 01:59 PM

COTABATO CITY - A doctor and his security escort were shot dead by a gunman who posed as a patient inside the Cotabato Doctors Clinic, this city Tuesday.

The doctor was identified as Dr. Sajid "Jaja" Sinolinding, an ophthalmologist and younger brother of Department of Health - Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (DOH-ARMM) Secretary Dr. Kadil Sinolinding, Jr.

His security escort was identified as a certain Hamid, officials said.

Initial investigation showed the suspect pretended to be a patient and went inside the clinic of Dr. Sinolinding.

Employees of other clinics inside the building heard a series of gunshots while others ran out of fear, officials said.

Security guards said they could not identify the suspect who might have blended with the people who were running out of the clinic.

The family has refused to give a statement about the incident.