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4 LMG killed in Maguindanao's latest encounter

ICC General Santos (12 November) -- Four lawless members of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) were killed while one was injured on government side in the latest encounter in Maguindanao.

Philippine Army's 6th Infantry Division Spokesman Col. Julieto Ando said the encounter transpired Tuesday (Nov. 11) at 5 o'clock in the afternoon while elements of 54th Infantry Battalion were doing a routine patrol when they spotted the lawless MILF group (LMG) of about 20.

He said the fight which lasted about an hour specifically took placed at Barangay Andabits, Datu Piang, Maguindanao Province near Midsayap, North Cotabato.

LMG, according to military reports was led by a certain Kumander Jade of the MILF's 105th Base Command.

Ando said the recalcitrant MILF members finally withdrew after military troop fired at their direction 105mm howitzers cannon.

Names of fatalities and the wounded victim are not yet available as of press time.

High powered guns were recovered from the killed MILF members, which included M1 garand rifle, one bar rifle, one M2 carbine sniper rifle and live ammunition, the reports said.

The incident also scared the residents in the area prompting them to seek safety at nearest evacuation centers.

another development, Col. Ando strongly denied reports that the Armed Forces of the Philippines is allegedly pulling out military troops in North Cotabato, Maguindanao, and Shariff Kabunsuan.

He said the AFP leadership is all the more strengthening its presence in the three conflict provinces in a bid to capture fugitive MILF Commander Kato and his followers thru a massive government crackdown. (PIA SarGen) [top]

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