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MILF rebels, Abu Sayyaf bandits clash in Basilan

/ 01:51 PM March 23, 2016

ZAMBOANGA CITY — Moro rebels ambushed a group of bandits in Al Barka town in Basilan on Wednesday morning.

Maj. Gen. Demy Tejares, deputy commander of Task Force Zambasulta, said initial reports revealed that a bandit was killed when members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) ambushed an Abu Sayyaf group in in Sitio Bughaki, Linuan village of Al Barka town.

Tejares said fighting lasted for about 10 minutes.

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But a military source, who asked not to be named as he has no authority to speak on the matter, said three bandits were killed.

The source said the Abu Sayyaf was led by Isnilon Hapilon, while the MILF rebels belonged to the group of Pulung Pulalon.

The Inquirer source said the MILF earlier warned the bandits to leave Sitio Bohe Buug in Al Barka, but instead of vacating the place, Hapilon’s men harassed the women in the area. JE

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