Unidentified armed men shot dead two men, including a village official, in Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao, the military said.

Colonel Prudencio Asto, Army 6th Infantry Division public affairs chief, identified the victims as Norodin Tahir and kagawad Zainudin Abdulkarim, both residents of Brgy. Maitumaig, Datu Unsay town.

Three men shot Tahir and Abdulkarim with an M16 rifle 5:30 p.m. Monday near Brgy. Lower Salibu before escaping towards Brgy. Kitapok, Asto said in a text message to reporters Wednesday night.

Investigators believe the shooting, which occurred just 1.5 kilometers from the 2nd Mechanized Battalion headquarters, stemmed from rido or clan war. (John Roson)

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