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16 Killed, 20 Hurt in New MILF Rampage in Cotabato, Lanao

Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels continued their rampage by attacking a town and ambushing two buses, killing at least 16 civilians and taking policemen and commuters hostage, the military and rebels said yesterday. The military used helicopter gunships to repulse the latest attacks, in which about 20 people were also wounded. Four people were killed when their bus was waylaid by guerrillas in Carmen, North Cotabato late Wednesday. As many as 12 other civilians and three guerrillas were shot dead as the MILF launched attacks on the highway near Kulambugan town, also in North Cotabato, firing on a bus and military and police outposts, military reports said. MILF commander Abdulrahman Macaapar said in a radio interview that his forces attacked Kulambugan and shot up a passenger bus — killing two people on the spot — after the vehicle allegedly failed to stop at a rebel checkpoint. Initial reports said the rebels opened fire with their automatic weapons, killing bus driver Rey Mark Duhaylungsod and Emilia Vidal, a passenger. Full Story

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