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Disgruntled Filipino soldier kills 2 superiors

The Philippine military says two army officers are dead following a shooting by a disgruntled sergeant.

world Updated: Feb 26, 2009 10:23 IST
AP

The Philippine military says two army officers are dead following a shooting by a disgruntled sergeant.

Army spokesman Lt Col Romeo Brawner on Thursday said that Sgt Elias Tial opened fire inside army headquarters in Manila and killed two of his superiors before escaping. A manhunt has been launched to find him.

Brawner says Tial was on guard duty when he shot his commanding officer and three others late on Wednesday with an M-16 rifle. Two victims died and two others are hospitalised.

Brawner says the suspect was apparently upset over the death of his father and was seeking permission to attend his burial.

First Published: Feb 26, 2009 10:22 IST