Unidentified gunmen killed nine people in an attack in Kabacan (Cotabato province; Soccsksargen region; Mindanao) on Saturday, August 29. Reports indicate that the assailants blocked the road with their van and ordered several motorcyclists to alight their vehicles, before shooting them indiscriminately. Eight people were killed at the scene and one died in hospital. Police officials have stated that they believe the incident may be related to a local feud, but this was not immediately confirmed.
Further violent attacks are possible in Cotabato in the near term and a heightened security presence is likely in Kabacan in the immediate term following the incident.
Individuals in Cotabato province are advised to monitor developments, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
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