Family feud heating up in Mindanao municipality

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: A six-year old Muslim girl was shot in the head in an attack by a group of gunmen in the town of Laba-ngan in Zamboanga del Sur province, police said.

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Police said the gunmen attacked the house of village chieftain Mohibat Pagayao and four other houses in Old Labangan and hit the girl Danah Maguindra. The victim was rushed to a hospital in Pagadian City.

Police said the attacks were believed to be connected to a family feud.

Police said the houses of Mike Pagayao, Jumael Buhisan, Sabila Maguindra and Zaidal Zamplidan were strafed by gunmen, who escaped after the shootings.

Earlier in November, motor-cycle gunmen also shot and wounded Abdul Racman Talum-pay, village chieftain of Dalapang in Labangan town, in Pagadian City. Talumpay was attacked near Agora Market along Pajares Avenue in Santa Lucia District.

In October, a village chieftain in Labangan town, Leopoldo Selada, of Nuboran, narrowly escaped death after gunmen strafed his house with automatic weapons. Selada was sleeping alone in the house when the attack occurred.

It was unknown whether the gun attacks were connected to each other, but prior to that, a suspected bomber was killed after an improvised bomb he was transporting exploded in the village of Tapodoc in Labangan town.

Police recovered an im-provised bomb assembled from a 60mm mortar and rigged to a detonator and a cell phone, not far from the dead man’s decapitated body at a rice paddy near the highway.

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