KIDAPAWAN CITY – A commander of the former rebel group Moro National Liberation Front was killed in an attack in the restive province of Maguindanao in southern Philippines, police said Wednesday.
Police said Saidi Akmad Taup was travelling in a private vehicle when a gunman attacked him near the Dalican village in Datu Odin Sinsuat town on Tuesday afternoon. The 65-year old Taup was killed on the spot, but policemen who rushed to the area did not catch up with the assailant, according to Chief Inspector Achmad Alibonga.
The motive of the killing is still unknown and police were investigating the murder. Taup’s family did not release any statement to the press on his killing. The MNLF, under Nur Misuari, signed a peace accord with Manila in September 1996. (Rhoderick Beñez)
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