21 hostages killed in Philippines' Maguindanao

18:43, November 23, 2009      

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Twenty-one people who were among a group of local politicians and journalists abducted Monday in Maguindanao, southern Philippines have been found dead, Philippine military officials said.

The spokesman of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Lieutenant Colonel Romeo Brawner said they recovered the bodies of eight men and thirteen women who were killed by the still unidentified armed men.

Brawner earlier said that gunmen linked to a powerful politician in Maguindanao snatched 40 people, including his political rivals and 20 local journalists.

Jenalyn, wife of Esmael Mangundadatu, mayor of Buluan town in Maguindanao, his aides and supporters were among those abducted.

Source: Xinhua
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