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Philippine mayor in deadly ambush

Mayor Abdulmalik Manamparan of Nunungan town, recuperates at a hospital in Mindanao on 26 April 2013
Image caption A number of relatives of local mayor Abdulmalik Manamparan were said to be among the dead

Gunmen have killed at least 10 people in an ambush on a local mayor in the southern Philippines, police say.

The attack took place in southern Mindanao on Thursday, as the group returned from a campaign event ahead of elections on 13 May.

Abdulmalik Manamparan, mayor of Nunungan town, survived the attack, but a number of his relatives were said to be among the dead.

Violent incidents often occur in the run-up to elections in the Philippines.

Four years ago, gunmen said to be from a rival clan killed 58 people, including dozens of journalists, in Mindanao as they travelled to file election papers for a local leader planning to contest polls for governor.

Police investigators said they suspected the recent attack was linked to a rival clan, the Associated Press news agency reported.

The polls on 13 May will see seats contested at national, provincial and municipal level across the nation. A presidential election is not due until 2016.

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