Village Chieftain, Companion Attacked In Basilan Island

September 3, 2007 at 5:56 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

BASILAN ISLAND, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / 03 Sept) – A village chieftain and his companion were wounded when gunmen attacked them at sea off Basilan island in southern Philippines, a municipal mayor said Monday.

Mayor Tahira Ismael, of Lantawan town, said the attack occurred Friday. She said the attack was connected to a family feud.

“There is an investigation and initial reports suggested the attack was related to a feud between two families,” she told the Mindanao Examiner.

She said the two victims were onboard a motorized boat when gunmen also on boats attacked them off Lantawan town. “This is an isolated case. Peace is slowly returning to our province,” she said.

The military has launched a major operation in Basilan to flush out Abu Sayyaf militants and Moro implicated in the killing of more than two dozen soldiers since July. (Mindanao Examiner)

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