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Philippine priest shot dead
    A priest has been shot dead in the Philippines by suspected Muslim rebels while on a trip to buy Christmas presents.
    Fr Benjamin Inocencio was among at least three people killed when he was ambushed by a suspected Abu Sayyaf guerrilla on the southern island of Jolo.
    The Abu Sayyaf, who are fighting for an independent Islamic state, took dozens of tourists and Christians hostage earlier this year and are still holding two captives.
    Police said Fr Inocencio was being driven to a shop to buy gifts for the local bishop's Christmas party when a lone rebel approached his jeep and shot him twice in the head with a pistol.
    The gunman also wounded the priest's driver before fleeing. Police officers gave chase and opened fire shooting the rebel dead.
    A bystander was also killed after being caught in the exchange of shots and two others were wounded, police said.
   
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