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Five fishermen slain in Philippine sea attack

Published on Dec 7, 2013 5:03 PM

ZAMBOANGA (AFP) - Gunmen aboard a speedboat shot dead five members of a fishing crew in a mysterious attack in the seas of the southern Philippines, the coast guard said Saturday.

The five were part of a fishing fleet off the troubled southern islands of Sulu when the gunmen attacked them on Friday, said coast guard spokesman Lieutenant Jomark Angue.

Even as the five leapt overboard, the gunmen riddled them with bullets, then sped off. Only three of the bodies were recovered, he said.

The attackers were suspected to be pirates Mr Angue added. But it was unclear why they would attack the fishing boat crew.

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