Five civilians killed in attack in southern Philippines

Other News Materials 3 November 2008 10:31 (UTC +04:00)

Five civilians, including two children, were killed in an attack by unidentified gunmen in the southern Philippines on the weekend, police said Monday.

The victims were onboard a truck on their way home from a picnic when they were attacked in Lumbac village in Magsaysay town in Lanao del Norte province, 810 kilometres south of Manila, on Sunday.

Chief Superintendent Danilo Empedrad, a regional police director, said the gunmen opened fire at the truck, killing five people, including two children aged five and nine.

Eleven people, including five children, were also wounded in the attack, Empedrad said.

Empedrad said police investigators were conducting a probe to identify suspects in the attack and determine a motive for the killing, reported dpa.