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Communist rebels kill Philippine mayor

Published on Jul 3, 2014 4:00 PM

MANILA (AFP) - Communist guerrillas waging one of Asia's longest-running insurgencies have ambushed and killed the mayor of a town in the violence-plagued southern Philippines, the military said Thursday.

Guerrillas from the New People's Army (NPA) opened fire on a government convoy on troubled Mindanao island Wednesday, fatally wounding Mario Okinlay, according to a local military spokesman.

Okinlay was taken to hospital where he later died, while his attackers escaped, Army Major Christian Uy told AFP by telephone.

"The NPA sees Mayor Okinlay's good governance approach as an obstacle to their self-serving aims. Hence, they perpetrated this atrocity," Lieutenant-Colonel Romualdo Landingin said in a statement.

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