Clash between Filipino rebels, rivals kills 11

There was a clash between Muslim rebels and politicians over fishing grounds.

Manila: The Philippine military says 11 people were killed, including 10 supporters of a southern provincial governor, in a clash between Muslim rebels and the politicians over fishing grounds.

Officials say the fighting on Sunday involved supporters of Maguindanao Governor Esmael Mangudadatu, whose relatives were among 58 people massacred by a rival clan in 2009 in the country`s worst election-related violence in recent history.

Military spokesman Colonel Prudencio Asto said on Monday that local officials, including Mangudadatu`s relatives, were attacked by about 100 Muslim rebels while inspecting a road project near Lake Buluan.
Rebel leader Mohagher Iqbal says guerrillas and villagers are locked in a land dispute and oppose the road project.

Bureau Report

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