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Eight Filipino fishermen were fatally shot by at least five suspected pirates who boarded their boat in the southern Philippines, AP reported.

Seven other crewmembers survived the attack Monday night in waters near Zamboanga City by jumping off the boat and swimming away when the attackers began tying up their colleagues, said Commodore Joel Garcia, head of the Philippine Coast Guard.

" According to the initial investigation, (the attackers) were on board a boat and they were all armed," he said. "They immediately tied up eight of the crewmen, and the seven others were able to jump out and survive."

Two of the survivors reached land and reported the massacre to a village leader, who alerted the coast guard. Two vessels were sent to the area, and coast guard personnel found the fishing boat floating with eight bodies on board.

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