Filipino Rebels Suspend 3 Commanders Over Clash


Salon Staff
March 1, 2012 12:45PM (UTC)

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The largest Muslim rebel group in the Philippines says it has suspended three key commanders involved in an October clash that killed 19 soldiers and endangered a yearslong cease-fire.

Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebel leader Mohagher Iqbal said Thursday that the three commanders on southern Basilan island were suspended for three months after an investigation by Malaysian-led peace monitors found they violated a cease-fire accord with the government.

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Iqbal says the probe showed government troops also violated the truce.

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin says the punishment was light but acknowledges that the rebels made a mistake.

The clash took place Oct. 18 as army troops attempted to arrest a rebel commander.


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