At least three security guards died in a shooting incident near a polling station in the southern Philippines during national elections.
Lt. Cemafranco Cemacio, the Buluan police chief, said that the shooting incident happened around 8 AM.
Cemacio added that they were still investigating the shooting while establishing the victims’ identities, Philippine Daily Inquirer reported.
Former Mayor Ibrahim Mangudadatu said people inside the school used as a polling station ran for cover when the gunfire started.
Major Roldan Kuntong, the Maguindanao provincial police spokesman, said that a fourth guard was injured in the attack.
Police said the victims walked from their remote mountain villages to vote at the municipal hall when polling stations opened across the country on Monday morning.
“It is their custom to come down early from their villages, which are located eight to 12 hours away on foot,” said Kuntong.
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