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20 militiamen arrested after election-linked massacre

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2009-12-05

Twenty militiamen were arrested Saturday during a martial law raid on a warehouse owned by a politician in the Philippines who is accused of carrying out an election-linked massacre.

AFP - Twenty militiamen were arrested Saturday during a martial law raid on a warehouse owned by a politician in the Philippines who is accused of carrying out an election-linked massacre, police said.
   
National police chief Director General Jesus Verzosa said the 20 men were arrested in Mamasapano, a town in the southern province of Maguindanao, when police officers and soldiers raided the warehouse of Andal Ampatuan Jnr.
   
Ampatuan Jnr has been charged with murder over the massacre of 57 people on November 23 in Maguindanao.
   
President Gloria Arroyo imposed martial law in Maguindanao late on Friday as part of efforts to crack down on the Ampatuan clan. Andal Ampatuan Jnr's father was the governor of Maguindanao.

Date created : 2009-12-05

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