6 hurt in Maguindanao market shooting

By Lore Mae. L. Andong, ABS-CBN News Central Mindanao

Posted at Jan 10 2015 06:01 PM | Updated as of Jan 11 2015 02:01 AM

MAGUINDANAO – Six people sustained minor injuries in a shooting incident in Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao on Friday evening.

Police said gun shots were heard at a public market in Barangay Poblacion, Shariff Aguak at around 10 p.m.

They then discovered a hole in the roof of the said market and some marks from the splinters believed to be from an M203 grenade launcher.

Shariff Aguak Police Chief Senior Inspector Michael Tinio said 6 people sustained splinter injuries, but they are all now out of danger.

The public market is just adjacent to houses of former Datu Salibo Mayor Akmad Ampatuan and former Shariff Aguak Mayor Zahara Ampatuan.

On Sunday night, the former’s house was harassed by still unidentified armed men.

Shariff Aguak Acting Mayor Marop Ampatuan said the decision of his father, Akmad Ampatuan, to testify against those accused in the Maguindanao massacre case could be the reason behind the harassment on his family.

Akmad Ampatuan is the cousin of Datu Andal Ampatuan, Sr., the patriarch of the Ampatuan family who is one of the principal suspects in the Maguindanao massacre case.

Authorities are conducting further investigation into the incident.