Philippine military says 17 Muslim rebels, opposed to peace deal, killed
MANILA (AFP) - The Philippine military said Tuesday it had killed 17 militants opposed to a peace deal between the government and the country's main Muslim rebel group, as fighting raged for a second day.
More than 1,500 troops are involved in the offensive against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in remote farming areas of the mainly Catholic country's Muslim south, regional military spokesman Colonel Dickson Hermoso said.
He said 17 BIFF members had been confirmed killed in this week's clashes, while two soldiers and one civilian were wounded.
The assault was launched on Monday, two days after the successful end of negotiations between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (Milf) aimed at ending a decades-long insurgency that has killed tens of thousands.