COTABATO, Philippines (AP) _ An American missionary was shot to death by a suspected drug addict for no other reason than for the apparent ''thrill'' of it, the military said Wednesday.

The Rev. John Speers, 42, was talking with acquaintances Tuesday afternoon along a roadside when one of three suspected drug addicts shot him at close range with a handgun, said Rev. Kevin Johnson, a fellow missionary.

Army Col. Herminio Limon called the murder ''an apparent case of thrill- killing.'' The three assailants escaped but have been identified, he said.

Speers, a native of Washington state, is survived by his Canadian wife Brenda and their two children, aged 5 and 2. His hometown was not given.