Friday, March 31, 2006

Village Chieftain Killed In Ambush

BUKIDNON PROVINCE (Ben Balce / 31 Mar) Two motorcycle gunmen shot dead a village chieftain in a broad daylight attack Friday in the town of Kadilingan in the southern Philippine province of Bukidnon, police said.

Police said the gunmen opened fire on Carlos Lanojan, 40, who was driving his vehicle on his way home in Poblacion village. He was killed instantly, police said.

Lanojan was the chieftain of Kaira village in nearby town of Don Carlos, it said.

Police said it is still investigating the motives of the killing and would not who were behind the attack, but communist insurgents are actively operating in the province.

The New People's Army was previously linked by the authorities on attacks against village leaders suspected of aiding the military in its anti-insurgency operations.

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