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MILF attacked Lanao del Norte, Mindanao

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Uploaded on Aug 18, 2008

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MANILA, Philippines - Suspected Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels attacked two towns in Lanao del Norte province early Monday, prompting police in nearby Iligan City to go on heightened alert.

Iligan City Mayor Lawrence Cruz appealed to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) hierarchy to send troops to his city to defend the residents.

"Sa ngayon ang heightened alert ang ating mga tao rito. Ilang municipalities from Lanao del Norte, ang Kolambugan at Maigo sinusunog ng MILF. Dahil dito ang information galing AFP kinumpirma, tayo naghahanda rin. Kung kailangan depensahan ang sarili gagawin natin (Our police forces are on heightened alert for now. We received word the MILF had attacked Kolambugan and Maigo towns in Lanao del Norte, so we are preparing to defend ourselves)," Cruz said in an interview on dzXL radio.

Citing reports reaching him, he said roads to Iligan City from Kolambugan and Kauswagan towns in Lanao del Norte, and from the cities of Ozamiz and Pagadian have been closed.

A military intelligence official confirmed that heavy fighting was on going in Kauswagan and Kolumbugan towns in Lanao del Norte since 4:30 a.m. Monday.

The same official said there have been no reported casualties so far in the skirmishes.

On the other hand, Army spokesman Lt. Col. Romeo Brawner said a convoy of the 104th Brigade was ambushed although no casualties were reported.

At the same time, Brawner denied reports that six priests have been seized by the attackers.

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