Five Maute terrorists killed in clash with MILF in Lanaodel Sur-Maguindanao border

Five Maute group terrorists were killed in a clash with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) guerillas at the border shared by Maguindanao and Lanaodel Sur provinces, military and MILF officials have said.

According to MILF vice chair for military affairs, Von Al Haq, reports from MILF fighters in Mt. Cararao said the terrorist group also suffered injuries in a clash that began Friday morning.

"They were trying to cross the border obviously to avoid the military operations in Butig," Maj. Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr., 6th Infantry Division chief, told reporters.

According to reports, the Maute group continued fighting the MILF sporadically Saturday morning in the heavily forested part of Mt. Cararao.

One MILF fighter was injured when the firefight broke out Friday dawn.

Under the government and MILF peace agreement, both the Philippine military and Moro rebels are bound to cooperate in interdicting criminals and terrorists in areas identified as MILF communities.

Governor MujivHataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao on Friday night instructed Vice Governor Haroun Al-Rashid Lucman, also the region's social welfare secretary, to determine if the clashes have resulted in the dislocation of civilians.

Social workers in the region have distributed tons of relief supplies in Butig, site of Maute-military clashes that affected 11 barangays and displaced 3,468 families.

The military reported 65 Maute terrorist group members killed while the Army suffered three fatalities and 19 injured.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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