Friday, November 27, 2009

UNICEF man shot dead in the southern Philippines

COTABATO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / November 27, 2009) – An unidentified gunman shot dead a Filipino worker of the United Nations Children’s Fund in a broad daylight attack the restive province of Maguindanao in the southern Philippines, police said Friday.

It said the attack killed Nestor Bulahan who was shot in the abdomen while on his way to meet a friend in Poblacion in the town of Parang. The killing, which occurred at around 10:30 a.m. came three days after 57 people, mostly election campaigners and journalists, were massacred by rival politicians in Maguindanao’s Ampatuan town.

The province belongs to the Muslim autonomous region.

“We are still investigating the attack. Initial reports said Nestor Bulahan was on his way to meet a friend when he was shot by a lone gunman, who fled after the shooting,” said Superintendent Sigfried Ramos, of the regional police force.

No individual or group claimed responsibility for the latest attack, the police officer said.

Little was known about Bulahan except that he was working with the United Nations Children’s Fund, one of the world's best-known organizations devoted to the health and welfare of children in 158 countries. (Mindanao Examiner)

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