Lanao town mayor Limbona dies in ambush

Roxanne Arevalo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 30 2016 11:36 AM | Updated as of Dec 30 2016 11:59 AM

MANILA - Mayor Mohammad Exchan Limbona of Pantar, Lanao del Norte was killed after unidentified gunmen ambushed his vehicle in Iligan City late Thursday.

Limbona was with his wife, daughter and two security escorts when the suspects opened fire on his vehicle in Sitio Paitan, Barangay Dalipuga, according to Senior Superintendent Leony Roy Ga, chief of the Iligan City police.

The mayor, who was driving the sports utility vehicle, died at a hospital.

His wife and daughter escaped unscathed while his bodyguards were wounded.

Limbona's killing may have been politically motivated as the mayoral seat was hotly contested in the May elections, Ga said.

Investigators are also looking into other possible motives such as rido or clan feud.

Recovered from the crime scene were 17 empty shells, said Senior Inspector Leslie Segualan, who is investigating the case.