Armed men kill mayor in southern Philippines

15:33, October 10, 2009      

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A mayor in the southern Philippines was attacked and killed by unknown gunmen on Friday night, police said on Saturday.

Nasario Gastardo, 51, vice mayor of San Francisco township in Surigao del norte province, was shot by two men outside his house shortly before 7:00 p.m.

Radio reports quoting police in San Francisco said the victim, who sustained gunshot wound in the head, was rushed by his relatives to the hospital after the incident but was proclaimed dead upon arrival by attending physician.

An investigation is under way to determine the motive and suspects in the killing.

Source: Xinhua
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