COTABATO CITY – Police forces killed 3 followers of Minister Murad Ebrahim of the Muslim autonomous region in a firefight Thursday in Lanao del Sur province that also wounded 6 people, the military’s Western Mindanao Command said.
It said the policemen were sent to arrest members of Ebrahim’s Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebel group who were accused of murder when attacked by gunmen in Madamba town.
More rebels engaged the police forces in a gun battle in the villages of Tabaran and Illian. Four policemen and two civilians were wounded in the clashes, the Western Mindanao Command said.
“Three MILF elements with warrants of arrest for murder were slain during the law enforcement operations conducted by the Philippine National Police in the villages of Illian and Tabaran, all in Madamba in Lanao del Sur at 10 a.m. today. The PNP troops were to serve warrants of arrest when they engaged in a firefight with MILF elements led by a certain Abu Hanif.”
“Four PNP personnel and two civilians were wounded in the encounter, based on information received from army units in the area. They are now recuperating in the hospital,” the military said.
Ebrahim’s group signed an interim peace deal with Manila in 2014 and the rebel leader became the chief minister of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao following a plebiscite early this year. He did not release and statement on the killing of the 3 rebels. (Mindanao Examiner)
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