Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Maguindanao Massacre: It's now 57 Bodies Found

The death toll from an attack on a group of journalists and politicians in the southern Philippines rose to 57 after 11 more bodies were recovered on Wednesday, police said.

According to the police, 11 more bodies were recovered and now the death toll from an attck on a group of politicians and journalist in Maguindanao, Philippines.

Chief Superintendent Josefino Cataluna said that six (6) bodies were recovered from shallow graves and an added five were pulled out of graves just before dusk.

The massacred occurred on Monday within the same way as on the order of 100 gunmen allegedly linked to a powerful local politician, Andal Ampatuan, abducted a group of aides and family member of a rival politician, plus a set of journalists.

The victims were kidnaped as they were travelling in a party to nominate the rival, Esmael Mangudadatu, as the opposition candidate for regional governor in elections next year. Mangudadatu was not in the convoy.

They were shot by close range, a few with their hands tied behind their backs, and dumped or buried in shallow graves on a remote rural road close to a town bearing the Ampatuan surname.

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