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10 MILF Rebs Killed in AFP Air Assault in Maguindanao

At least 10 Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) guerrillas were killed when government troops launched an air assault on rebels planning to blow up power transmission towers in the Southern Philippines, officials said yesterday. Soldiers deployed on the boundary of Datu Paglas and Buluan towns in Mindanao after residents there tipped them off about the MILF plot, the military said. Some 100 MILF rebels were spotted massing up in the area, triggering a gunbattle, regional Army spokesman Maj. Julieto Ando said. Meanwhile, the MILF has denied reports that it had bought weapons and munitions from a foreign dealer — purchases which include M-16 assault rifles, M-203 grenade launchers and rocket propelled grenades and bullets for the assault rifles. MILF spokesman Eid Kabalu said the reports were just products of the military “psy-ops” or psychological operations. “What is their proof? We have not bought weapons. It’s just part of the military’s psy-ops,” Kabalu said in a phone interview, debunking allegations by a Visayas congressman that the MILF bought $2 million worth of arms from foreign black market sources. Full Story

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