8 boat crew killed aboard boat in Zamboanga feud

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Eight crew members of a fishing vessel in the southern city of Zamboanga were killed by armed men in a possible family feud, officials said Tuesday.

The armed men boarded the fishing boat with a crew of 15 and ordered the crew to stand on one side before firing on them, the Western Mindanao Command said in a statement.

Eight of the crew died on the spot, and seven were able to jump off the boat, it said.

Of the seven, five are believed to be on Siromon island off Zamboanga City, while two made it to the city, it added.

The incident occurred late Monday and was reported to officials on Tuesday by the barangay chairman of Sangali in Zamboanga City, Daud Bakil, and one of the two known survivors of the crew, Kervin Banahan, it said.

"The AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) received word that this was a case of 'Rido' between families in coastal fishing areas in Zamboanga City, particularly Barangays Dita and Curuan," said AFP Brigadier General Restituto Padilla.

"Police and supporting AFP units from the Western Mindanao Command are now looking into it," Padilla said.

Rido is a type of feud among clans characterized by attacks and retaliation that occurs in certain areas in the southern island of Mindanao.

The Western Mindanao Command said the fishing boat was on the seas off Siromon, in the village of Dita in Zamboanga City when the shooting occurred.

It added that the fishing boat was owned by a certain Mumar from Sangali.

The Joint Task Force Zamboanga and Marine Battalion Landing Team-11 are investigating the incident.