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MILF to attack ‘Christian communities’ in Mindanao

ICC Note:

Members of the MILF are reportedly planning attacks on Christian-dominated areas in Mindano. The planned attacks are reported to include arson, looting, and murder of Christian civilians.

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9/19/08 Philippines (Inquirer) Elements of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) that government has tagged as “rogue” are set to attack Christian communities in the Mindanao cities of Zamboanga, Davao, and Cotabato, a police official said on Friday.

Central Mindanao police director Chief Superintendent Felizardo Serapio Jr. said intelligence reports from the Philippine National Police (PNP) Directorate for Operations indicated that the MILF’s 113th Base Command plans to “conduct hostile strokes” targeting “Chrsitian-dominated areas” in these cities.

MILF supporters, he added, “are reportedly doing rounds of the different Islamic communities in Metro Manila to get the consensus of the Muslim residents regarding the MILF’s possible ‘jihad’ [holy war].”

“Additional police have also been deployed and police forces are pre-positioned in the different areas to avert any possible attacks,” Serapio said.

The government has blamed the “rogue” MILF units for triggered the continuing hostilities in Central Mindanao with attacks on civilian communities in North Cotabato and Lanao del Norte provinces last month, after the Supreme Court stopped the signing of the memorandum of agreement on ancestral domain with the secessionist group.

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