An escalation of fighting between the Army and a breakaway Moro rebel group in the provinces of Maguindanao and North Cotabato killed 18 people in a single day of violence, the military said on Tuesday.
By Jeoffrey Maitem
At least 18 people were killed in fighting that followed near-simultaneous attacks by gunmen belonging to the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in different parts of Maguindanao and North Cotabato on Monday, the military said here Tuesday.
Four Moro rebels were killed while two soldiers were wounded when government forces and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) members clashed anew in Maguindanao province on Monday.
By Edwin O. Fernandez
Government forces and Moro rebels clashed anew in Maguindanao early Monday when armed men attempted but failed to over-run two military installations, the Army here said.
Pro-Moscow rebels piled nearly 200 bodies from the downed Malaysian jetliner into four refrigerated boxcars Sunday in eastern Ukraine, and cranes at the crash scene moved big chunks of the Boeing 777, drawing condemnation from Western leaders that the rebels were tampering with the site.