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Army Engineer Slain, 8 Other Soldiers Hurt in MILF Ambush

An Army engineer was killed and eight other soldiers, among them a junior officer, were wounded when Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels ambushed them at Camp Abubakar in Matanog, Maguindanao yesterday morning. The soldiers, all belonging to the Army’s 514th Engineering Battalion, were on their way to a mosque to beautify it for today’s celebration of Eid’l Adha, which marks the end of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, when they were waylaid. This developed as thousands of government troops have amassed near an MILF stronghold at the North Cotabato-Maguindanao border, triggering the flight of villagers amid fears the military was poised to attack rebels allegedly sheltering members of the Pentagon kidnap-for-ransom gang. The MILF claimed responsibility for the ambush in a telephone call to local radio station dxMS. Full Story

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