Four killed when gunmen attack Philippine troops
Heavily armed gunmen have opened fire on an Army patrol near a university in the southern Philippines, killing three soldiers and a 10-year-old boy, and injuring 13 others.
Army Colonel Daniel Lucero said the soldiers were heading down the road on a truck near Mindanao State University (MSU) in Marawi City late Wednesday when about 15 gunmen raked the patrol with gunfire. The soldiers returned fire and injured several of the attackers, who fled from the scene.
Marawi Mayor Fahad Salic said the boy was killed while inside his house in downtown Marawi. He believes that the incident may have been caused by a stray bullet.
Lucero said the gunmen were believed to be gangsters unleashed by politicians who wanted to harass the military for backing government efforts to prevent fraud in next year's local elections.
Hot pursuit operations are ongoing.
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