Illegal fisher killed in Zamboanga Del Sur

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MANILA, Aug. 22 (PNA) --- A suspected illegal fisher was shot and killed by troopers of the 53rd Infantry Battalion and V. Sagun Municipal Police Station after the former's group fired on government security forces off Igat Island, Margosatubig, Zamboanga Del Sur Friday afternoon.

The incident took place at 3 p.m., said Lt. Col. Audie Mongao, 1st Infantry Division spokesperson.

He added that police and military units, along with members of the V. Sagun Bantay-Dagat, were conducting law enforcement operations in the vicinity, in wake of illegal fishing complaints, when they spotted armed men aboard a "tari-tari" motorized fishing boat.

At this point, the suspects in the fishing boat fired on government security forces, prompting the latter to return fire, killing one of the illegal fishers.

The "tari-tari" then tried to escape but were quickly intercepted, resulting in the capture of four suspects and confiscation of an M-1 Garand rifle, 16 rounds of ammunition and the fishing boat.