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Police chief assassinated in Marawi City

MARAWI CITY – A municipal police chief was assassinated in Marawi City in the restive province of Lanao del Sur in the Muslim autonomous region in southern Philippines, officials said Tuesday.

Officials said motorcycle gunmen shot Senior Inspector Darangina Ditucalan – who was assigned in the town of Poona Bayabao – while driving his pickup truck early Monday evening.

The 45-year old police chief was shot at least 3 times by two assailants who were tailing him in the village of Lumbac Madaya, just 100 meters away from his house.

Senior Superintendent Agustin Tello, the provincial police chief, said Ditucalan was instantly killed. He said the attackers escaped after the shooting.

No individual or group claimed responsibility for the attack, although local radical jihadists influenced by the Islamic State are actively operating in the province and had been largely blamed for deadly attacks on policemen and soldiers in the volatile region. (Moh Saaduddin and Rhoderick Beñez)

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