Philippine insurgents kill man in raid despite peace talks

December 07, 2013 - 7:19:31 am
PAGADIAN: Islamist rebels killed one man in a raid on a police station in the southern Philippines yesterday to free two arrested comrades despite a ceasefire and peace talks with the government, officials said.

The attack in the city of Marawi came as government negotiators held talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (Milf) in Malaysia with the aim of finalising a peace pact to end decades of fighting.

Police chief Superintendent Christopher Panapan was seized by the rebels and used as a human shield while his brother-in-law, a civilian, was shot dead, said local army chief Colonel Glen Macasero.

Panapan was later turned over to local officials, said national police spokesman Senior Superintendent Reuben Sindac.

About 50 members of Milf freed two of their arrested comrades in the pre-dawn assault in Marawi, a largely-Muslim city about 800kms (500 miles) south of Manila.

Army spokesman Captain Jefferson Somera said the attack was a clear violation of the ceasefire and the issue would be raised with the joint ceasefire monitoring committee.                     afp

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