Monday, March 26, 2012

News Update Two dead, 270 families flee Philippine clash

COTABATO, Philippines (AFP) - Fighting between rival armed insurgent groups left two people dead and sent around 270 families fleeing their homes in the strife-torn southern Philippines, a military spokesman said on Sunday.
Eight houses were also burned as members of the main Muslim rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) battled fighters from the older Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), said Colonel Prudencio Asto.
After a week of sporadic gunshots, MILF fighters attacked members of the MNLF in the agricultural town of Carmen in the southern island of Mindanao on Saturday, leaving one dead on each side, he added.
MILF spokesman Von al-Haq said the fight was sparked by a personal feud between an MILF leader called Commander Karim and an MNLF leader called Commander Teo and that it was not a wider war between the two groups.