ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – Government troops succeeded in driving out of Tipo-Tipo town fighters of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front who attacked and tried to occupy the municipality Monday. The rebels fled the town about 7:30 p.m., a military officer in the area told GMANews.TV.
Civilian sources in the municipality said about 15 MILF fighters were killed in the firefight. There was still no official or independent confirmation of the news.
Earlier, a top police official of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) expressed fears that Tipo-Tipo has been taken over by the MILF.
Chief Superintendent Joel Goltiao, ARMM police director, said police forces in the town of Tipo-Tipo could not be contacted. He said MILF rebels might have taken control over the town about 4 p.m. Monday.
Firefights between government troops and the rebels erupted Monday morning in the area
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