Friday, April 26, 2013

Twelve Killed in Ambush on Political Convoy in Philippines

TEHRAN (FNA)- Twelve people were killed and seven wounded when unidentified gunmen attacked a mayor's convoy in the Southern Philippines, police said Friday.

The fatalities included the daughter of Abdul Malik Manamparan, the mayor of Nunungan town in Lanao del Norte province, some 820 kilometers South of Manila, provincial police director Gerardo Rosales said.

The mayor was injured in the attack late Thursday, he added.

Manamparan, his relatives and supporters were on their way home from campaigning for next month's elections when gunmen opened fire in a village in the municipality of Nunungan, Rosales said, the Voice of Russia reported.

Police were investigating the attack, but authorities suspected that a family or political feud could be behind the violence.

Manamparan is running for deputy mayor of Nunungan, population 16,300, while his son Abdul Malik Jr is running for mayor.

The Philippines is to hold mid-term elections on May 13 for half of the Senate, all of the House of Representatives, and thousands of local officials.

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