SEOUL, A 58-year-old South Korean man was shot to death in the Philippines, police officials said Thursday.

The victim, identified by his surname Kim, was shot by an unidentified gunman in Manila around 9 p.m. Wednesday, officials at the National Police Agency said.

Local police launched an investigation, and a South Korean police official stationed in the Southeast Asian nation is helping with the probe, officials said.

Kim was not a resident of the Philippines, and police are looking into why he was staying there.

The National Police Agency plans to dispatch a team of investigators specializing in scientific investigation to the Philippines to help with the investigation.

Source: Yonhap News Agency