Gunmen killed a South Korean man and kidnapped two of his companions in a pre-dawn attack in the Philippines Monday, police said.
The suspects blocked the vehicle carrying the foreigners in a suburban area east of capital Manila and opened fire, immediately killing Cho Tae-Hwan, national police spokesman Senior Superintendent Agrimero Cruz said.
Cho’s companions were taken at gunpoint but were later released unharmed, Cruz said.
The motive for the attack was not clear, although kidnap-for-ransom gangs often target foreign tourists and businesspeople in areas near Manila and in the provinces.
It was also unclear what the victims were doing in the Philippines.
Many South Koreans visit the Philippines as tourists and tens of thousands live and study in Manila and elsewhere.