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Gunmen kills trader in Philippines

(Xinhua)

15:48, September 29, 2011

COTABATO, Philippines, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- Armed men shot and killed a businessman in the restive southern Philippines, state police said Thursday.

Regional police commander Chief Superintendent Felecisimo Khu said the victim, Salik Matanog was outside his home on Wednesday in the town of Midsayap in North Cotabato province when he was attacked by motorcycle riding men.

Matanog died on the spot due to fatal wounds he sustained.

Police are investigating if the killing has to do with clan war, which is common among warring clans and sometimes the hostilities could last for decades until a peace pact is reached by protagonists, usually through mediation by religious leaders and the payment of blood money.

Among major causes rido include land disputes, particularly those caused by disputed government surveys or ancestral land claims; political rivalries, mostly election-related; crime- related, including murder and proliferation of illegal drugs, competition over resources and businesses.

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