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1,400 families evacuated in Philippines amid rebel, army conflicts

Jan. 28, 2014 at 10:04 AM   |   Comments

MANILA, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- At least 1,400 Philippine families have been evacuated from Maguindanao and North Cotabato due to fighting between troops and rebels, army officials said.

"The residents of the towns were not all evacuated but only those in far-flung areas. We asked them to take shelter because they might be used as human shields," Maj. Dante Gania, the public affairs officer of the Army's 6th Infantry Division, said.

The fighting in the region began Sunday, when government forces served arrest warrants to Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, the Philippine Daily Inquirer.net reported.

The fighting has killed 17 rebels and two soldiers have sustained injuries, Gania said.

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