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4 killed in MILF encounter

 

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines –Fighting broke out between two warring groups of Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebels in Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat, which resulted in the killing of four people and wounding of six others, including two innocent civilians.

Police said the MILF rebels belonging to 105th MILF Base Command led by Commander Bansil encountered the group of Commander Bausad from the 106th MILF Base Command in Barangay Penguiaman near the boundary of Lambayong town and SK Pendatun in Maguindanao.

Senior Inspector Emerson Policarpio, Lambayong police chief, said at least four MILF rebels from the group of Bansil were killed while four other rebels were wounded during the fierce fighting. Two civilians were also hit by stray bullets during the skirmishes.

“Initial investigation showed the two MILF chieftains figured in a land conflict that triggered the
fighting,” Policarpio said.

He said the warring groups were reinforced by their members armed with high-powered weapons from the nearby SK Pendatun town.

Senior Supt. Rolen Balquin, Sultan Kudarat police director, had deployed additional policemen in the area to prevent the escalation of atrocities which had already displaced some 200 families. (Joseph Jubelag)

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