The Straits Times
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Published on Oct 19, 2012
 

Philippine tribal leader's wife, sons killed: Army

 
 

MANILA - The wife and two young sons of a Philippine tribal leader who is wanted for attacks on a US$5.9-billion (S$7.2 billion) mine project were killed during an army raid on his hideout, the military said on Friday.

Seven soldiers engaged in a shoot-out with the tribal leader and his armed followers on Thursday at a mountain hut, unaware that the man's family was with him, said military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Lyndon Paniza.

"They (the soldiers) are under investigation for possible lapses in the rules of engagement," Mr Paniza told reporters.

Mr Paniza said tribal leader Daguil Capion and his followers escaped.