Monday, October 23, 2006

5 Family Members Slain In Zamboanga Strafing

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanao Examiner / 23 Oct) - Unidentified gunmen killed 5 members of farming family and wounded a child in an attack on a remote village in the southern Philippine province of Zamboanga Sibugay, officials said.

Officials said the gunmen killed a couple, an old woman and two children in an attack Monday on the village called Bagong Buhay in Alicia town.

"Authorities are investigating the attack. Five family members are dead, including two children. The attack also left one child wounded. Troops are tracking down those responsible in the attack," Capt. Noel Abello, a regional army spokesman, said in an interview by the Mindanao Examiner.

Abello said the gunmen opened fire on the village at around 6 a.m. and escaped after the strafing.

He said no individual or group claimed responsibility for the killings, but the area is a known lair of communist insurgents, blamed in the past by the military and police for the string of attacks against civilians suspected of aiding the government in the campaign against the New People's Army.

Family feud and clan war are also rampant in the province and had been blamed by authorities also for the spate of killings. (Mindanao Examiner)

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