Villager dead, 2 hurt in North Cotabato gun attack

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Cotabato City, Philippines

A villager was killed while two others were seriously wounded when suspected members of a local terrorist group shot with assault rifles four houses in Pikit town in North Cotabato late on Thursday, June 30.

Police identified the victim as Gilbert Roa, who died on the spot from multiple bullet wounds.

Roa was inside one of four adjoining houses in Sitio Saguing in Barangay Ginatilan in Pikit, North Cotabato when unidentified men strafed them with assault rifles.

Two neighbors of Roa, Eleonor Umutong ang Kho Enok, were seriously wounded in the attack.

Residents of Barangay Ginatilan told the police there are indications the gunmen belong to either the Dawlah Islamiya or the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF). The Sun Monitor cannot verify this claim.

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Brig. Gen. Alexander Tagum, director of the Police Regional Office-12, said he has directed the Pikit municipal police force to enlist the help of local officials in identifying the people behind the attack for prosecution.   (John Unson)

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