A Filipino-Chinese businessman and a nursing student were killed after being shot by still unidentified men in Patikul, Sulu, Friday night, police said.

Businessman Christopher Yap and Diana Bataraw, a nursing student at the Sulu State Colleges, both expired while undergoing treatment at the hospital, Senior Insp. Kris Conrad Gutierrez, Patikul Police chief, said.

The incident occurred around 7:15 p.m. in Brgy. Gandasuli, which lies on Patikul’s boundary with Jolo.

Yap, engaged in selling car and motorbike parts, was driving his motorcycle to a friend’s home when two men on another motorcycle shot him several times, Gutierrez said in a phone interview.

The 19-year-old Bataraw, who was then waiting for a ride to school, was hit by a stray bullet on the chest, Gutierrez said.

Investigators have yet to determine the assailants’ identities and motive as of this writing, he said.

A police report, meanwhile, indicated that the attack was in retaliation for Yap’s refusal to give in to an armed group’s extortion demands.

In December 2011, Yap allegedly recieved a letter from an unidentified group demanding P2 million, according to the report. (John Roson)

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