Filipino security men carry the body of Benigno Aquino into a security van at Manila airport. At left is the body of the assassin. - Gulf News Archives Image Credit: Gulf News Archives

1983 Philippines opposition leader Benigno Aquino was shot dead by a lone gunman as he stepped from an airliner at Manila airport after three years of self-imposed exile and his assassin was killed by security men. The as yet unidentified gunman, wearing the uniform of an airport maintenance staff, was shot dead on the spot by guards escorting Aquino from the plane, Manila police chief Major General Prospero Olivas said. Police said the assassin fired only one shot killing Aquino. Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos who released Aquino from military jail three years ago to go to the US for heart surgery, issued a statement condemning the assassination and expressing sorrow at his death. Fearing a shooting attempt, Aquino strapped on a bullet-proof vest as the plane approached Manila. But it was of no use. His wounds were to the neck and head.

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