Thursday, June 11, 2009

Gunmen attack North Cotabato jail


The scene at the North Cotabato provincial jail after suspected Moro rebels attack the facility on Thursday, June 11, 2009. One jail guard was killed and two others were wounded in the attack. (Mindanao Examiner Photo / Geo Solmerano)


NORTH COTABATO, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / June 11, 2009) – Gunmen attacked Thursday the provincial jail of North Cotabato in the southern Philippines and killing a prison guard and wounded two others, officials said.

Officials quickly blamed the attack on the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, saying, the attackers tried but failed to spring out jailed members of the rebel group after prison guards repelled the raid that occurred at around 2 a.m.

“They are trying to rescue detained members of the MILF’s special operations group, but they did not succeed because of the preventive measures put up by the jail guards,” Lt. Col. Jonathan Ponce, a spokesman for the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, said in a radio interview.

He said troops were tracking down the rebels.

There was no immediate statement from the MILF, which is fighting for self-determination in the southern Philippines. (With a report from Geo Solmerano)

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