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Thousands flee as soldiers clash with Moro rebels in North Cotabato

/ 01:48 PM August 10, 2013

COTABATO CITY, Philippines—Around 2,000 people have fled their homes in North Cotabato following hostilities between government forces and members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, North Cotabato Governor Emmylou Mendoza said.

Mendoza said fighting has been going on in Barangay Pagangan in the municipality of Aleosan town since Friday night.

Mendoza said soldiers and policemen were securing the Aleosan portion of the Davao-Cotabato highway to ensure the safety of motorists.

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BIFF forces are known to target motorists during clashes with the military.

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TAGS: Armed conflict, Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, biff, Mindanao, Moro, North Cotabato
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