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Doctor hurt in shooting, dies of heart attack

Artemio Dumlao - The Philippine Star

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines — A doctor was wounded and later died of heart attack after an unidentified armed man opened fire at her house in Pilar, Abra on Saturday night.

Amor Trina Dait, 53, suffered a gunshot wound in the leg and was taken to the Abra Provincial Hospital for treatment. She, however, died of heart attack while being treated, authorities said.

Police said Dait and her husband were sitting at the balcony of their house in Barangay Poblacion when a motorcyle with the assailant pulled over at around 7:30 p.m.

The assailant, reportedly armed with a rifle, fired five shots toward the victim’s house.

Responding police officers rushed the victim to the hospital.

Probers recovered five bullet shells for an M16 rifle at the scene.

Abra lawmaker JB Bernos expressed belief that the attack was politically motivated as Dait was a known opposition leader in the town.

She ran but lost in the mayoral race in the May 2019 elections.

Her trusted aide was found dead with multiple bullet wounds during the height of the campaign in the same year.

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