Friday, November 2, 2012

Gunmen torch 2 houses, strafe others in Maguindanao town

From the Philippine News Agency (Nov 2): Gunmen torch 2 houses, strafe others in Maguindanao town

An armed conflict involving warring families in Datu Montawal, Maugindanao erupted Thursday with two houses torched by the protagonists and a series of gun-bursts sent civilians fleeing. Col. Benjie Hao, chief of the 7th Infantry Battalion commander, no one was hurt in the incident but the strafing forced civilians in Barangay Poblacion to vacate their homes when gunmen arrived at past 7 p.m. Witnesses said the civilians were resting following dinner when suddenly two houses were engulfed by fire. Following the conflagration, a series of gun burts ensued forcing many residents, including children and women, to flee to safer grounds. Hao said a long standing family feud involving two Muslim clans have triggered on and off skirmishes in Poblacion Montawal. Mayor Utto Montawal has requested the deployment of military personnel in the town center to prevent the armed confrontation between protagonists from happening again.

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