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Philippines to hunt hardline rebels after capturing camps

Published on Feb 2, 2014 7:26 PM
 
Philippine soldiers patrol a rice field during a clearing operation against members of the Muslim renegade faction, near the village of Ganta, Datu Piang town, in Maguindanao province, on Jan 29, 2014. Philippine military officials on Sunday, Feb 2, 2014, vowed to hunt down remaining splinter groups of hardline Muslim rebels after capturing their main camps in a week-long offensive. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

AWANG, Philippines (AFP) - Philippine military officials on Sunday vowed to hunt down remaining splinter groups of hardline Muslim rebels after capturing their main camps in a week-long offensive.

The threat posed by members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) has diminished due to the offensive that began on Monday in remote parts of the troubled southern island of Mindanao, said national military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Zagala.

"They have split into smaller groups and further operations must be done to follow up," he said.

These operations will be "smaller in scale," he said, adding that they would also be held in coordination with the main Muslim rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

 
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