Philippines | NRI Punjabi couple shot dead; motive unclear

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A Punjabi NRI couple from India were gunned down on Thursday by two bike-borne assailants in the Philippines’ Camarines Sur province, a media report said.

Bahagwant Singh Buttar, 45 and his wife Jaswinder Kaur, 36, residents of Sipocot town in the province, were killed by two gunmen who were riding a bike, Tempo newspaper reported.

The gunmen killed them on the spot, the police said.

TWO SUSPECTS, MARVIN MAGDAONG AND RODOLFO T GUMATAY, HAVE BEEN ARRESTED FOR THEIR ALLEGED INVOLVEMENT IN THE INCIDENT BY THE POLICE AFTER A CHASE IN SITIO NABUNTOG IN BANGAS CAVES.

The motive behind the murder was not immediately known, police said.

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Two pistols and live ammunition have been recovered from their possession, police said, adding that a case has been registered.

There have been many attacks on Indians in the Philippines in the past. The last incident reported in August, when a 26-year-old man, who belonged to Punjab’s Phagwara and lived in Santiago city, was shot dead just a couple of months before he was scheduled to get married.