Gunmen kill state militia in southern Philippines

13:44, November 17, 2009      

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Unidentified gunmen attacked and killed on Monday night a state militia in southern Philippines, police officials said.

Philippine police officials said Udaico Tajim, 40, a member of the Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit, had just came out from his house in the village of Milib, province of Maguindanao and was on his way to their detachment when he was ambushed by suspected rouge Muslim rebels around 7:00 p.m. Tajim died on the spot.

The victim's wife, Asmairah, suspected that rebels belonging to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front were behind the attack.

But the local police suspect that Tajim might be a victim of clan war.

Clan war, popularly known as "rido" is common among rival families in southern Philippines. Land disputes, political rivalries and business conflicts are among the major causes of rido.

Source: Xinhua
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