Shootout between army and rebels Southern Philippine kills two suspected militants

MANILA (Xinhua): Philippine security forces have killed two suspected militants in a clash in the southern Philippines, the military said on Sunday.

In a report, the military said fighting broke out around 5 a.m. local time Saturday after troops chanced upon a group of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in a village in Maguindanao del Sur province.

The BIFF militants fled after the fighting, leaving behind an M16 assault rifle, a .50-caliber homemade barret and two improvised explosive devices, the report read.

The BIFF, a small armed group aligned with the Islamic State group, is blamed for bombings and other atrocities in the Central Mindanao region in the southern Philippines.

The group broke off from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front when the latter agreed to negotiate a peace pact with the government in 2014. - Xinhua

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