Three killed as family massacred in Maguindanao town
DATU ODIN SINSUAT, Maguindanao — Three persons, including a 5-year-old child, were killed as a family was massacred past midnight on Tuesday in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.
Major Maximiano Gerodias, Mamasapano police chief, said an undetermined number of armed men strafed the house of Abdulkadir Matuwa, 53, a farmer in Sitio Pamalian, Barangay Mangungkaling of Mamasapano town.
The strafing left Abdulkadir, his wife Zahera, 32, and their 5-year-old daughter Nhala, dead, while a 9-month-old baby was unharmed.
“The baby was in a hammock and was asleep when the carnage happened,” Gerodias said in an interview with a local radio station.
The baby is now with the victims’ relatives, Gerodias added.
Police recovered an undetermined number of empty shells for an Armalite rifle while a probe is ongoing to establish the motive of the attack and the likely suspects.
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