Philippines: University shooting kills three

Philippines&nbsp ;: a shooting in a university leaves three dead

The shootings in the schools and universities are rare in the Philippines, but targeted killings of politicians are quite common.

Three people were killed in a shooting at a university in the capital on Sunday Filipina, Manila, in what authorities say was a targeted assassination.

The incident happened at Ateneo de Manila University as law students and their families arrived for a graduation ceremony which was to be attended by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Rose Furigay, a former mayor of a town in the restive southern province of Basilan, whose daughter was among the graduates, was killed, said Joy Belmonte, mayor of the town where the shooting took place.

Ms Furigay's assistant and a police officer University security also died. The alleged shooter has been taken into custody.

Ms. Furigay’s daughter was injured and is in stable condition in hospital, police say.

We are very distraught and bereaved by this event, Ms. Belmonte told AFP.

The shootings in schools and universities are rare in the Philippines, despite lax gun rules.

But targeted assassinations of politicians are quite common, especially during elections.

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