A group of 50 militants, led by Abu Sayyaf members Idang Susukan and Sibih Pisih, attacked a two-vehicle convoy carrying approximately 40 civilians and 10 village peacekeepers around 8:30 a.m.
At least 21 were killed, including women and children, and 14 others wounded, most of whom were children.
Brig. Gen. Martin Pinto, commander of the 2nd Marine Brigade based in Talipao, acknowledged, "We have yet to determine the motive of the attack," but said the attack may have been motivated by a clan feud.
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