Suspected flying voters ambushed in Lanao del Sur

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MARAWI CITY: Unidentified gunmen ambushed suspected “flying voters” who were traversing Tamparan town going to Lumbayanague town in Lanao del Sur province, leaving at least two people dead and wounding several others, police reported over the weekend.

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Tamparan Police Chief Insp. Achmad Sarip Bornawan Sarico named one of the fatalities as Jamel Benito from Munai, Lanao del Norte, while the other person killed, a pregnant woman, has not yet been identified.

Injured were Clinton Evangelista, Edgar Merfuentes, Eddie Gargar, Sadik Andul Carel, Mario Capian, Johnny Benito, Pendatun Benito, Nasem Benito and Soki Alim, who were all declared out of danger after undergoing treatment in a hospital in this city.

According to witnesses, two unidentified suspects riding a motorcycle were seen firing at a jeepney loaded with passengers at around 8:00 p.m. on Friday in the village of Tatayawan, Tamparan.

The attackers sensed responding policemen and fled toward an open field.

Probers were still investigating the incident and are establishing whether the victims were flying voters, as most of them were from Cagayan de Oro City.

The ambush also occurred three days after a report emerged from the intelligence community that followers of the Islamic State or ISIS will be used by “some politicians to make the election failure in some municipalities in Lanao del Sur, particularly in Marawi City and other [areas]where they are operating.”

Also on Thursday evening, two grenade explosions were reported by the Marawi City police station but no one was reported injured. Vehicles were damaged in the blast.

No individual or group have claimed responsibility for the attacks.

MOH SAADUDDIN

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