Sunday, October 03, 2010

Basilan poll official killed ahead of village elections

Policemen guard Isabela City in Basilan province. (Mindanao Examiner Photo)

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner/ Oct. 3, 2010) – Motorcycle gunmen killed a Filipino poll official ahead of village elections in the restive Muslim province of Basilan in Mindanao, police told the Mindanao Examiner on Sunday.

Police said the attack late Saturday occurred in San Rafael village in Isabela City where Entong Musa, an election officer in Basilan’s Tuburan town, was fatally shot. It said a special police team was formed to investigate the killing of Musa.

“We still do not know the motives of the killing, but police is investigating the murder,” said Chief Superintendent Bienvenido Latag, the chief of police forces in the Muslim autonomous region.

It was unknown whether the murder was connected to elections later this month, but police said at least 2 gunmen were involved in the attack that happened at around 7:30 in the evening. Police said the attackers fled after the shooting.

Basilan is one of five provinces under the Muslim autonomous region where elections are traditionally violent. The province, just several nautical miles of Zamboanga City, is also a hot bed of Abu Sayyaf insurgency. (Mindanao Examiner)

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