Gun attack at Philippine mayor convoy before polls, 12 dead

April 26, 2013 09:46

MANILA- Gunmen in the Philippines opened fire on a mayor of a town campaigning for local elections, killing 12 people including his daughter, security officials said on Friday.

The Philippines is awash with weapons and crime and political violence, especially during elections, is common.Abdul Malik Manamparan, mayor of Nunungan town, was leaving a campaign rally in a village late on Thursday when the gunmen attacked his convoy. He was wounded.

"The motive is believed to be politics or rido," said Brigadier General Daniel Lucero, an army commander in the region. Rido ia a Philippine term for clan war.

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