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The World : Philippine Rebels Kill 11

August 24, 1986

Philippine rebels dragged 11 members of an obscure religious sect from their homes, lined them up on a roadside and killed them as villagers watched, Brig. Gen. Jesus Hermosa, a regional military commander, said. Hermosa said victims were all members of a sect called God the Father. The shooting occurred in San Roque Village on Mindanao Island. He said the victims' hands were tied behind their backs and they were forced to shout, "Long live the NPA!" before being shot. The NPA is the New People's Army, the Communist guerrilla group that has been trying to overthrow the government for 17 years. Investigators said they knew of no motive for the killings.

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