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2 MILF leaders killed in ambush




Posted on February 28, 2017


GUNMEN killed two senior members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in an ambush in Pikit, North Cotabato on Sunday. Solaiman Dimanalaw and Suk Macasasa, both community leaders of the MILF in Barangay Kabasalan in Pikit, died on the spot from multiple gunshot wounds. They were attacked while on board a motorized riverboat en route to Barangay Kabasalan from a market where they delivered fish caught from the Liguasan Delta. Investigators said gunmen armed with M14 and M16 rifles riding a larger watercraft opened fire from behind as they got close to the smaller boat carrying Messrs. Dimanalaw and Macasasa. Witnesses said the victims returned fire, but were eventually killed by their attackers. Investigators are still trying to identify the culprits and their motive, but the attackers divested the victims of their wallets and assault rifles before they fled. The incident was preceded by an attack early Sunday by alleged members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters on a group of barangay officials in Midsayap, North Cotabato. -- philstar.com