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Christmas attacks by Muslim rebels leave 14 dead in Philippines

Regional military spokesperson Capt. Joan Petinglay says 14 including nine Christian villagers were killed by Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighter insurgents and at least five rebels killed by government forces in clashes.

world Updated: Dec 26, 2015 19:19 IST
People drive past an armoured personnel carrier (APC) in Kauran, Ampatuan in the southern Philippines province of Maguindanao.Fourteen were killed, including nine Christian villagers, by Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighter insurgents, while at least five rebels killed by government forces in clashes.
People drive past an armoured personnel carrier (APC) in Kauran, Ampatuan in the southern Philippines province of Maguindanao.Fourteen were killed, including nine Christian villagers, by Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighter insurgents, while at least five rebels killed by government forces in clashes.(AFP)

At least 14 people were killed in Christmas attacks by Muslim rebels against Christian communities in the Philippine’s volatile south, a military spokesperson said.

Regional military spokesperson Capt. Joan Petinglay says the dead included nine Christian villagers gunned down by Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighter insurgents and at least five rebels killed by government forces in clashes in the provinces of Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao and North Cotabato.

Petinglay says around 200 rebels took part in the attacks. She says the military learned about the impending attacks and secured towns and villages and warned villagers not to venture out, preventing a larger number of casualties.

The rebels broke off from the larger Moro Islamic Liberation Front when the latter entered into peace talks with the government.