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
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.
First Published: Dec 26, 2015 18:15 IST