Maguindanao death toll rises to 22—military

MANILA, Philippines – The death toll from an attack on a group of journalists and politicians in the lawless southern Philippines has risen to 22 with the recovery of one more body, the military said Tuesday.

The victims were among a group of more than 40 people abducted by gunmen linked to a powerful politician on the southern island of Mindanao on Monday.

“We have recovered 22 bodies,” military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Romeo Brawner told Agence France-Presse. “Most of the bodies bore gunshot wounds.”

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