A member of the Citizens Active Auxiliary (CAA) got killed in an ambush by armed men in Trento, Agusan del Sur, police reported.

Larry Cortez, a resident of Lingig, Surigao del Sur, died of five bullet wounds while his fellow CAA member Bobby Alsada escaped, Caraga regional police spokesman Supt. Martin Gamba said.

The incident occurred around 9 a.m. Monday, while Cortez and Alsada were riding a motorcycle from Brgy. Salvacion.

Upon reaching Purok Everlasting in Brgy. Cuevas, the two were waylaid and shot several times by five fully-armed men, Gamba said.

Cortez, the backrider, was hit on the different parts of the body while Alsada escaped to a grassy area and was later rescued by other CAA members assigned at the Salvacion detachment.

The assailants set the victims’ motorcycle on fire before escaping, Gamba said. (John Roson)

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