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Massacre In Southern Philippines Ahead Of May 2010 Elections

MAGUINDANAO PROVINCE, PHILIPPINES – NOVEMBER 24: The bodies of victims are recovered following the massacre of at least 46 kidnap victims on Monday in Ampatuan town, on November 24, 2009 in Maguindanao Province, Philippines. Around 100 gunmen are reported to have hijacked the party, including the wife, sister and other relatives of Buluan’s Vice Mayor Esmael Mangudadatu, en route to filing election papers for candidate Mangudadatu ahead of next May’s elections. Mangudadatu’s wife, sister and family members, Armed Forces of the Philippines, civilians and at least 12 media personnel are thought to be amongst those killed in the attack, believed to be politically motivated. The Ampatuan clan, political rivals, are being blamed for the kidnap, mutilation, rape and murder of the victims. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)