Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Security tight in Sharif Aguak amid attacks on Ampatuan clan

From the Philippine Star (Jan 7): Security tight in Sharif Aguak amid attacks on Ampatuan clan

The police and military on Thursday imposed tighter security in the surroundings of Sharif Aguak to prevent the recurring gun attacks on houses of Ampatuan clan members at the center of the municipality.

Captain Jo-Ann Petinglay, spokesperson of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, said their commander, Major Gen. Edmundo Pangilinan, had ordered military units in Sharif Aguak and nearby towns to help the provincial police guard the municipality to forestall a repeat of the incidents.

Gunmen shot with M-16 assault rifles the houses of the acting mayor of Sharif Aguak and his father early this week, causing tension in the municipality.

There are politicians in Sharif Aguak who are locked in deep-seated political intramurals.

Local police and military officials said a bystander named Ali Dimaludin was hit by a stray bullet in the latest shooting incident. He was immediately rushed to a hospital by responding policemen and barangay officials.

Two groups reportedly crawled near the houses of Akmad Ampatuan, former mayor of Salibo town in northwest of Maguindanao, and his son, Marop, the acting mayor of Shariff Aguak, and opened fire with assault rifles.

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