MILF rebels urged to stop using landmines (PHILIPPINES)


CAMP PANACAN, Davao City â€" Local government officials in Central Mindanao over the weekend urged rogue Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels to refrain from using landmines that could inflict serious harm and even death on civilians.


(20.10.2008)

The LGU officials likewise appealed to non-government organizations (NGOs) to look into the alleged human rights violations being committed by the MILF for allegedly using landmines in gross violation of international statutes.

The local government executives appeal came after a ground commander of the Armed Forces of the Philippines issued warnings following the discovery of several landmines and other improvised explosive devices (IED) by government troops in Maguindanao province.

Col. Marlou Salazar, commanding officer of the Armys 601st Infantry Brigade, said the landmines and IEDs were recovered at the Magaslong Bridge in Datu Piang town.

He said the IEDs were fashioned out of 81mm and 90mm mortar shells attached to two-way radio transceivers that serve as triggering devices, while other components could easily be bought from convenience stores.

The brigade commander said the discovery of the landmines came about as government troops continued scouring Central Mindanao for rogue MILF rebels headed by wanted Ustadz Ameril Umbra Kato, who carries a P10 million bounty for his capture.

The landmines were believed planted by MILF rebels to delay the movement of government troops in the hinterlands of Maguindanao and nearby provinces, Salazar said.

The big AFP and police offensives are also aimed at MILF guerrillas headed by Abdulrahman Macapaar, alias Commander Bravo, who led the attacks in four Lanao del Norte towns last August. Bravo also has a P10 million bounty while another rebel commander, Ahleem Pangalian, has a P5 million reward for his capture.

The AFP Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMincom) under Maj. Gen. Armando Cunanan and AFP Western Mindanao Command (WestMincom) led by Lt. Gen. Nelson Allaga are pursuing the three wanted MILF commanders since August.

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Von: 21.10.2008, PHILIPPINES (Manila Bulletin), CMC-ICBL news

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