Man killed in evacuation camp attack

Posted at 08/10/12 12:09 AM

MANILA, Philippines – A man was killed and a woman was wounded after unidentified gunmen opened fire at an evacuation camp in Labu-Labu Elementary School in Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao on Thursday.

Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) Maguindanao Director Dr. Tahir Sulaik said a medical mission was being conducted for 136 families from Brgy. Lamboay when suspects onboard a motorcycle opened fire at around 2 p.m.

The shooting incident left 34-year-old Manan Beda Santo dead and 54-year-old Sittie Tambungalan injured.

It also caused panic among the evacuees and the health workers.

Authorities are investigating the incident.

Sulaik said the families evacuated their homes due to continuous firefight between government troops and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement in the region.

Sulaik is calling on the government to put an end to the dispute which has caused turmoil in the province. -- Report from Lore Mae Andong, ABS-CBN News Central Mindanao