Rebels try to end land feud
The nation’s largest Muslim rebel group says it has ordered one of its commanders to halt attacks against a rival guerrilla to try to end a land feud that has killed at least 14 combatants. Moro Islamic Liberation Front spokesman Von al-Haq said yesterday that commander Adzme Kasim has been ordered to halt attacks and take a defensive posture to ease a week of sporadic clashes in Datu Piang sparked by a land feud with a rival leader from a breakaway rebel group. Regional military spokesman Colonel Prudencio Asto says the clashes have killed at least 14 combatants and forced more than 3,000 villagers to flee from the fighting, which erupted a week ago.
Militants kill three soldiers
Intelligence officials say suspected militants have fired rockets at a paramilitary base in the northwest during an independence day ceremony, killing three soldiers and wounding 23. The officials say the soldiers had just finished raising the flag and were gathering for speeches yesterday when the rockets hit the base in Miran Shah, the main town in the North Waziristan tribal area. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity.
PKK kills three soldiers
Kurdish guerrillas ambushed a military convoy in the east of the country late on Saturday, killing three soldiers, security sources said. They said the clash took place in the southeastern province of Sirnak when soldiers patrolling a road were attacked by guerrillas of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). In June, jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan sent word through his lawyers that he had agreed with government officials to set up a “peace council” aimed at ending a 27-year conflict in which 40,000 people have died. Militant activity in the southeast continues, however.
Northern Irish Catholics riot
Police in Northern Ireland came under attack on Saturday from Irish Catholic rioters in Londonderry, but reported no serious injuries. Several hours of violence followed a parade through the medieval walled center of Londonderry by about 12,000 members of the Apprentice Boys of Derry, a British Protestant brotherhood. Hours before the march, Irish republicans hurled dozens of Molotov cocktails at the Apprentice Boys’ headquarters, causing light damage to the building. Groups that support Irish Republican Army splinter groups scuffled with police on the fringe of the parade, then ratcheted up violence once the march was over. Police said three vehicles were hijacked and torched. Catholic gangs hurled dozens of Molotov cocktails and a crude homemade grenade at police lines, injuring nobody.
Rebels attack town hall
About 50 suspected communist rebels disguised as soldiers have attacked a town hall compound in the center of the country, but were repulsed by police. Three policemen were wounded in the clash. Regional police commander Cecilio Calleja says the New People’s Army rebels attempted to enter a police station early yesterday in the government compound in Mobo in Masbate province. Calleja says the policemen sensed it was an attack and opened fire, sparking a gunbattle. The Maoist guerrillas withdrew toward a forested mountain after an hour. Government negotiator Alex Padilla, who heads talks with the rebels, renewed a call for a ceasefire.