Seven soldiers killed in Philippine clashes

September 30th, 2008 - 7:07 pm ICT by IANS  

Manila, Sep 30 (Xinhua) Seven Philippine soldiers were killed and 12 wounded in fighting with members of the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in the country’s southern Maguindanao province, an official said Tuesday.The incident took place Monday. The government soldiers started an anti-insurgency operation last month following attacks on civilians by MILF militants in the area.

It was the biggest single-day loss suffered by government troops in September, military spokesman Ernesto Torres, said.

Despite heavy casualties in the operation, government soldiers are confident of defeating the rebel group, the Daily Inquirer quoted Torres as saying.

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