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12 wounded in Philippines bus ambush: military

Gunmen ambushed a bus in the southern Philippines, wounding 12 people in a suspected extortion attempt, the military said on Sunday.

world Updated: Jan 17, 2010 11:58 IST

Gunmen ambushed a bus in the southern Philippines, wounding 12 people in a suspected extortion attempt, the military said on Sunday.

The vehicle was attacked late yesterday on its regular route to the city of Pagadian, said the regional military chief, Lieutenant-General Benjamin Dolorfino.

The driver, who was one of 12 people wounded, was listed in serious condition at a hospital in nearby Ipil town, the general told reporters.

The army dispatched a unit of infantry to seek at least two suspects who were armed with an assault rifle and a shotgun, he added.

Dolorfino described the gunmen as "suspected extortionists".