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Soldier killed as Muslim rebels raid Philippine army outposts

Published on Jul 21, 2014 6:55 PM

COTABATO, Philippines (AFP) - Muslim guerrillas opposed to peace talks with the Philippine government tried to overrun army outposts in the strife-torn south Monday, killing one soldier and wounding a number of civilians, the military said.

Three rebels of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) group were also killed following the attack on Mindanao island, said Colonel Dickson Hermoso, spokesman of the military unit in the area.

The army deployed helicopter gunships to send the guerrillas fleeing following the audacious midnight attack which left one soldier dead, a separate military statement said.

Col Hermoso said two soldiers and an unknown number of civilians were also wounded.He said such an attack was expected after the BIFF began instigating the local public against the military, accusing soldiers of kidnapping a Muslim father and son.

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