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Kidnap leader killed in clash in S. Philippines

07-15-2010 10:06 BJT

COTABATO, Philippines, July 14 (Xinhua) -- Philippine security forces killed a leader of a kidnap gang holding the son of an election official in the southern Philippines on Wednesday.

The suspect, Dimaporo Dimasakal, alias Commander Delta Force, reportedly kept Nuraldin Yusoph, son of Comelec Commissioner Elias Yusoph, and he was killed in an encounter with troops in the village of Aleem Rayah, Masiuh town in Lanao del Sur province on Wednesday afternoon.

Geovanni Franza, a military ground commander, said Dimasakal's death was confirmed to them by civilians.

"He was able to shoot two civilians before he was killed by our soldiers," Franza said.

Nuralden was seized by gunmen while was on his way home from prayer in a nearby mosque in Marawi City on June 21.

The military said Dimasakal belonged to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the country's largest Muslim rebel group engaged in peace talks with Manila.

However, the rebel group disowned Dimasakal, saying he is not a member of their organization.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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