Chinese businessman shot dead and 3 others injured in Manila car 'ambush'

Identities of three others injured in ambush unknown, but one is reportedly a Hongkonger

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 04 May, 2014, 5:55am
UPDATED : Sunday, 04 May, 2014, 5:55am

A gun attack in Manila has left a Chinese businessman dead and three more Chinese injured - one of them reported to be from Hong Kong.

Officials were last night trying to confirm the identities of those involved in the attack, which comes less than two weeks after the two places stepped out of the shadow of the 2010 Manila bus hostage incident and a travel ban to the city was lifted.

The shootings took place overnight on Friday on the boundary of Manila and Pasay, two areas in Metro Manila, when an unidentified gunman opened fire on a car carrying "four Chinese" in what appears to have been an ambush. One of those in the car was killed and at least three other people injured.

A police source in Manila told the Sunday Morning Post the dead man was 27-year-old Chen Lijun from Shenzhen and that one of the injured was Zhao Zhijun, from Shanghai. The driver of the car was reportedly a Taiwanese businessman, Bruce Huang.

However, the source added: "We are investigating information received that alleges one of those injured was a nurse from Hong Kong."

A number of the men who were in the car are said to have connections to China Airlines and the international seafood business. The motive for the attack was unclear but police did not rule out the possibility of robbery. Initial checks revealed bullet holes in the rear of the car.

A spokesman for the Immigration Department in Hong Kong said: "The Immigration Department has contacted the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China in Hong Kong and the Chinese embassy in the Philippines. It did not receive any requests for assistance from a Hongkonger."

Less than two weeks ago the Philippines expressed its "most sorrowful regret and profound sympathy" over the Manila bus hostage tragedy, which left eight Hongkongers dead.

A joint statement issued by the two governments announced the immediate lifting of sanctions against Philippine officials and a "black" outbound travel alert against the Philippines.

The current level of the travel alert is yellow - Hongkongers intending to visit the country are advised to monitor the situation, exercise caution and attend to personal safety.

Additional reporting by Minnie Chan and Amy Nip