COTABATO, Philippines, May 16 (Xinhua) -- Separatist rebels stormed a village in the southern Philippines on Friday and took dozens of civilians as they fled, an Army official said Saturday.
Fifty members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the country's largest separatist group, also ransacked local grocery stores Friday night in the village of Basak in Lebak township, Sultan Kudarat province, said local military spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Ponce.
"As they fled, they took with them 20 civilians as human shields. The rebels burned the people's houses there and carted farm animals," Ponce said.
The Army official mentioned rebel commanders Jingle Calutag and Bobby Ambag of the MILF's 104th Command as those who led the attack.
"This treacherous act is a clear violation of human rights. The MILF leadership can no longer control their field commanders,
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