11 February 2011

In the Philipines, Muslim extremists set fire to Christian village

From Asia News, with my emphases:

Manila (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Muslim extremists set fire to a Christian village near the town of Mlang (North Cotabato, Mindanao). News so far exclude any deaths, but dozens of people have had to abandon their homes.

Filipino military sources say the attack is the work of Ameril Umbra Kato, a former leader with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), who recently set up his own militias to continue fighting for an Islamic state in Mindanao.

MILF spokesman Eid Kabalu said the front has nothing to do with the incident. “We are no involved. It's a long standing conflict between Christian and Muslim groups in the area," said Kabalu.

Meanwhile, MILF and the government are starting a new round of talks in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) tomorrow.

Experts note that the split within the MILF has weakened the group’s leaders, who are open for dialogue. Many now fear renewed fighting between Muslim rebels and the Filipino military.


  1. Some of the Muslim insurgents seeking independence in the southern Philippines have been linked to al-Qaeda, especially Abu Sayyaf. Still, I wonder if the MILF guy is telling the truth, as remote areas of some of these countries do see a lot of strife over land and water between groups which happen to be Muslim and Christian.