MAGUINDANAO, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / July 13, 2009) – Government forces clashed Monday with Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebels in the troubled southern Philippine province of Maguindanao.
The fighting broke out after rebel forces attacked army troops trying to breach an MILF stronghold in the village of Meta in Guindulungan town.
“Gun battle started as MILF guerilla units fired at advancing AFP troops toward upper grounds of Meta. Firefight lasted for almost an hour as both forces disengaged from fighting. No casualty was reported on either side,” the MILF said.
The village of Meta leads to the MILF camps Omar and Badre’, scene of bloody fighting in recent months. The MILF also referred to the army soldiers as occupation Armed Forces of the Philippines.
The MILF is fighting for the past three decades for a self-determination in Mindanao. (Mindanao Examiner)