Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Gunmen torch houses in Maguindanao province

Security officers cordon an area Tuesday, January 19, 2010 where 17 houses had been torched by gunmen in the town of Datu Saudi Ampatuan in Maguindanao province in the southern Philippines. (Mindanao Examiner Photo / Mark Navales)

MAGUINDANAO, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / January 19, 2010) – At least 17 houses were burned by gunmen in what military authorities said was triggered by a clan war in the southern Philippines.

The fighting, which began since last week, forced villagers to flee to safer areas after gunmen torched the houses in the Datu Saudi Ampatuan town in Maguindanao, one of five provinces under the Muslim autonomous region.

At least 2 people were killed in the clashes between the armed protagonists. The military said more troops were sent to the town to prevent the escalation of hostilities. (Mark Navales)

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