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Photos of child soldiers found at Philippine rebel camp: military

Published on Feb 1, 2014 7:38 PM

SHARIF SAYDONA MUSTAPHA, Philippines (AFP) - Photographs of child soldiers were among the items left behind as the military overran a camp of hardline Muslim rebels in the southern Philippines, a military commander said on Saturday.

Colonel Edgardo Gonzales said that he found the photos when he inspected the 18-acre camp of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (Biff) rebel group in the remote town of Shariff Saydona Mustapha on Saturday.

"There were pictures of children carrying rifles. Some looked like they were 12 years old," Col Gonzales told AFP as he searched through the abandoned camp about 800 kilometres south of Manila.

"They were showing off their capability. There were four kids posing with guns. I believe it was not just for show. I believe those rifles were issued to them," he said.

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