Police is searching for two motorcycle gunmen who shot a Christian student and his Muslim girlfriend shortly after they stepped out of a motel in Zamboanga City in the southern Philippines.
Police said the attack had killed the 21-year old man while his girlfriend remains in serious condition. The duo had just flagged down a tricycle when the gunmen opened fire and escaped after the shooting.
The tricycle driver said he ran to take cover after hearing the volleys of fire. The motive of the attack is still unknown, but police is investigating whether the ambush was connected to the personal relationship of the victims.
The relationship between a Muslim woman and a Christian man is considered ‘haram’ or forbidden among many Muslims in the southern Philippines.