Fresh hostilities between AFP, MILF erupt in N Cotabato

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Fresh hostilities between AFP, MILF erupt in N Cotabato
08/08/2008 | 10:16 AM
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(Updated 11 a.m.) MANILA, Philippines – A predawn firefight between security forces and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels erupted in North Cotabato hours before the lapse of the government’s 24-hour deadline for the secessionist group to vacate certain areas in the province, military reports said.

Citing field reports, Army spokesman Lt. Col. Romeo Brawner said about 5 a.m., the Baliki detachment in Midsayap town was harassed by an undetermined number of MILF fighters headed by an unknown commander.

An ensuing firefight lasted for nearly two hours although there were no reported casualties on both sides, Brawner said.

A military intelligence report said about 6:30 a.m., one round of 81-mm mortar was fired by MILF elements toward the detachment.