2 Dead As Groups Clashed In South RP Over Jobs At Sea Port

September 17, 2007 at 1:21 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / 17 Sept) – Two people were killed and four others wounded in a firefight between two Muslim groups on a remote island town of Pangutaran in southern Philippines, officials said Monday.

Officials said the firefight erupted at the weekend after an altercation between the two groups and that one of the dead was Darwin Nanoh, son of the town’s mayor, Ahmad Nanoh.

Nanoh’s son clashed with the group of Basit Ismael, who was appointed as new port collector by the Regional Ports Authority of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Ismael was also killed in the fighting, said Maj. Gen. Reuben Rafael, commander of military forces in the area.

“Apparently the group of Basit Ismael arrived in the town and wanted to take over immediately as port collector, a position held by Darwin Nanoh and there was an altercation which ended in a firefight,” Rafael told the Mindanao Examiner.

He said Ismael arrived with armed companions. “Both Darwin Nanoh and Basit Ismael are dead and four others wounded in this unnecessary incident,” he said.

It was unknown why Ismael brought armed companions. Rafael said troops were sent to Pangutaran to prevent further clashes between supporters of the two groups. (Mindanao Examiner)

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