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Gunmen kill 9 in road ambush

Manila: 9 People were killed and 3 were injured in an attack by  gunmen in Guindulungan town in Maguindanao province, Philippines on Saturday. The gunmen attacked an isolated farming village in the region . One of those killed in Saturday’s ambush was Peges Mamasainged, a member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the largest Muslim rebel group in the country.

As per police, the attack was over a land dispute.  Many such disputes over land, money and politics have been settled violently in southern areas of the island nation. Weak law enforcement, a surfeit of large numbers of loose firearms and the presence of armed groups controlled by powerful clans and politicians are the main reason for these attacks.

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In November 2009, at least 57 people including 30 media persons were  killed in attack in the Maguindanao province. A court in 2019 found 49 people guilty, including members of an influential family.


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