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Military spokesman: 5 killed, 8 hurt in Basilan ambush

Five rubber plantation workers and militiamen were killed Sunday in an attack in Sumisip town in Basilan, a report said.

According to an initial military report, the attack occurred around 5:30 a.m. in Barangay Upper Cabenbeng, killing five people, including members of the Civilian Active Auxiliary Group.

Fatalities were identified as Fernando Tantalon, Renato Aligay, Junrel Langugon, Delord Johnson, and Buenaventura Lugamay.

Those wounded were Alfredo Rojas, Danilo Tonghay, Adzar Madjakin, Abdul mot, Gilbert Guevera, Julibert Dingkong, Francisco Taklindom and Bonficiao Dagodong Jr.

Maj. Harold Cabunoc, spokesman for the Philippine Army, confirmed the attack in a interview on GMA's News TV Live

"Medyo malabo ang bilang ng mga namatay. Pero ayun sa listahan, lima ang nasawi... ayon naman sa isang source anim umano," Cabunoc said.

Meanwhile, Cabunoc said members of the Army's 1st Infantry Division are pursuing bandits who burned a school building and stole horses and carabaos in Talusan town's Barangay Samonte, near Olutonga, Zamboanga Sibugay.

According to earlier report, around 40 Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) members allegedly led by Hassan Asnawi perpetrated the attack. — AF/MRT/LBG, GMA News




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