7 civilians killed in Maguindanao

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COTABATO CITY: Seven people were allegedly killed and three others were injured by police forces in separate attacks in Mamasapano town in Maguindanao province, scene of deadly clashes between Special Action Force (SAF) commandos and former rebels, human rights group Suara Bangsamoro said on Saturday.

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It said among those killed was a five-year-old girl who was shot when the SAF commandos opened fire on a house in Tukanalipao village.

The body of a farmer, Badrudin Langalan, was also recovered by civilians in the village. His body was riddled with bullets and both eyes were gouged out and his hands were tied behind his back, his wife Sarah told Suara Bangsamoro human rights group that investigated the killings.

But other sources said the farmer was arrested by the police on suspicion he was a spy for the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, and that he had been killed in the crossfire when fighting erupted between the police and MILF members.

The group said at least five civilians also died when the commandos allegedly opened fire at a mosque in Sitio Inubog.

The victims were mistaken as members of the Jemaah Islamiyah.

Three others were injured in the shooting.

Suara Bangsamoro said it documented more than 1,500 villagers who fled their homes because of the fighting.

The report could not be independently confirmed, but Kilab Multimedia also released a photo showing the body of Langalan.

Police have not issued any statement about the allegations.

Commission on Human Rights (CHR) head Loreta Rosales said they will also conduct a separate probe of the clashes between the SAF commandos and MILF forces.

It was not immediately known if the CHR would also probe the allegations of Suara Bangsamoro.

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