• Two BIFF men killed, child hurt in Maguindanao clash

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    ZAMBOANGA CITY: Government troops killed two rebels in a number of clashes in Maguindanao province in the restive Muslim autonomous region in southern Philippines.

    Officials said the fightings broke out after members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) simultaneously attacked the headquarters of the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion and several detachments in Salbu village in the town of Datu Saudi Ampatuan.

    Capt. Rolando Ocharan, spokesman for the military said a seven year old unidentified child was also wounded during the firefight.

    Ocharan identified the two slain rebels as Muslemen Abdul and Tong Adzal. He said several rebels were also wounded, but managed to escape.

    He said the fighting lasted almost 30 minutes and that no soldiers were killed or wounded in the clash.

    The BIFF, which recently pledged allegiance to the Sunni jihadist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, is fighting for independence in Mindanao.

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