Moro family, including a child, killed in Maguindanao gun attack

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Cotabato City, Philippines

Gunmen killed three in a Moro family, one of them a five-year-old girl, before dawn on Tuesday, August 2, in a secluded area in Mamasapano town in Maguindanao.

Major Maximiniano Gerodias, chief of the Mamasapano municipal police, said the fatalities, Abdulkadir Matuwa, his wife Zahera and their five-year-old daughter, Nhala, died on the spot from multiple bullet wounds.

Gerodias said the attackers, armed with M16 assault rifles, surrounded the victims’ house and opened fire.

The gunmen, who reportedly spoke to each other in ethnic Maguindanaon vernacular, hurriedly escaped when they sensed that villagers in nearby houses panicked as gunshots reverberated through the surroundings.

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Personnel of the Mamasapano Municipal Station are still trying to identify the culprits and possible motive of the killing. (John Unson)  

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