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Three dead in Philippines shooting spree

world Updated: Mar 09, 2009 09:43 IST
Three dead in Philippines shooting spree

Three people were killed and two wounded when a drunken pro-government militiaman went on a shooting spree in the central Philippines, police said on Monday.

Diolito Cabanyog, a member of the Police Auxiliary Unit in the central city of Escalante, had a heated argument with a fellow militiaman on Sunday, minutes before he started firing.

He fled with his government-issued M-16 rifle after killing three civilians and wounding two other people -- a civilian and a colleague -- regional police spokesman Chief Inspector Rico Santotome said.

Two of those killed were 17-year-old teenagers, who were gunned down outside the police outpost, Santotome said.

"We have launched a manhunt. He is considered armed and dangerous," he added.

Police and military forces in many parts of the Philippines employ auxiliary units, or deputised militiamen, to help deter attacks by communist or Muslim rebels.