Woman, seven children massacred in southern Philippines

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines: Suspected separatist rebels allegedly butchered a 40-year-old woman and her seven children in the southern Philippines, the military said Friday.

Villagers found Evangeline Balios and her children, aged from 1 to 13, hacked to death Thursday morning in Poblacion village in Zamboanga del Norte province's Kalawit town, the military's Southern Command said.

The military blamed Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebels were responsible, adding
that soldiers pursuing the assailants killed one guerrilla and captured another Thursday. They also seized a bloodstained machete believed to have been used in the massacre from the captured suspect, the Southern Command said.

Meanwhile, rebel spokesman Eid Kabalu said he has not received any report of fighting between guerrillas and government troops in the area where other armed groups also operate. He said the rebels were strictly observing a cease-fire agreement with the government.

15/11/2003

Bron : Jang Group

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