Friday, June 19, 2009
Seven Moro rebels slain in Philippines (Mindanao)
At least seven Moro rebels, including their senior commanders, were killed in a firefight with government soldiers in the southern Philippines.
The fighting broke out after Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels attacked an army patrol base in the village of Macasampen in Maguindanao’s Guindulungan town.
Col. Jonathan Ponce, a spokesman for the 6th Infantry Division, said troops repulsed the attack.
The firefight lasted about 13 minutes and seven enemies were killed, among them top commanders of the MILF’s 105th Base Command.
Last week 100 rebels were killed in fighting in the restive Mindanao region where the MILF, the country’s largest Muslim rebel group has been waging a secessionist war the past three decades.
Three people were also killed and three others were wounded in a shootout Friday at a busy market in Zamboanga City.
Army soldiers responded to the shooting and killed the attackers in the exchange of fire.