MAGUINDANAO VILLAGE COUNCILOR SLAIN

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PARANG, Maguindanao: A Maguindanao village councilman was shot dead by unidentified gunmen while he was walking home from a mosque after performing his nightly prayer for Ramadhan on Sunday night. Mayor Ibrahim Ibay said that Nakir Basag, 44, village councilor of Barangay Limbayan, was on his way home at about 6:30 p.m. after performing iftar (evening prayer) when gunmen, armed with M-16 rifles, blocked his path and shot him several times hitting him on different parts of his body. Basag was immediately rushed to the hospital by bystanders but was declared dead on arrival. Ibay said that Basag was very active in barangay governance and in campaigning against electoral fraud. The Mayor added that Basag was one of the village officials who filed complaint against Limbayan Barangay Chairman Allan Abo for of abuse of authority. Meanwhile, the police are still investigating to determine the real motive of the shooting.

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