Five people killed in attack on deputy mayor in Philippines

August 23rd, 2008 - 1:52 pm ICT by IANS  

Manila, Aug 23 (DPA) Five people were killed when unidentified gunmen attacked a convoy of a town deputy mayor in the southern Philippines, officials said Saturday.Vice Mayor Wilson Nadang was unhurt in the ambush which happened Friday in Santo Nino village near Tukuran, a town in the province Zamboanga del Sur, 810 kms south of the capital here.

Nadang, who is deputy mayor of the nearby town Labangan, told a local radio station that five of his security escorts were killed in a gunbattle with the attackers.

Police said initial investigation showed the incident could have been a “misencounter” between Nadang’s security escorts and government security forces manning a checkpoint.

But authorities stressed that the investigation was still ongoing and police were looking into the possibility that the attack was politically motivated.

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