Briton slain in Philippine robbery: police

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A British businessman has been shot dead in a highway robbery in the Philippines, police said Tuesday.

Gunmen ambushed Anthony Nicholas, 64, as he and his Filipina wife drove home late Monday, they said.

"Nicholas was shot to death, he suffered multiple gunshot wounds on his body," said Inspector Reina Protacio, spokeswoman for the provincial police on the central island of Negros.

Nicholas and his wife owned a store in the Negros city of Sipalay, she added.

The gunmen did not harm the victim's wife or a Filipina shop worker travelling with them, but took the couple's cash and mobile phones, Protacio said.

The British embassy in Manila could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.

Nicholas was the second Briton killed in the Philippines in three days. On Sunday, John Lorne McDonald was stabbed to death near Manila by the former lover of a Filipina woman the victim had met on the Internet.

© 2010 AFP

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