MNLF-ASG clash forces 300 families to evacuate

Posted at Feb 05 2013 05:49 PM | Updated as of Feb 06 2013 02:29 AM

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MANILA - Over 300 families have been affected by the fighting between the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Sulu despite assurances from the government that the violence will not spread.

Local officials say the affected residents are from barangays Tarayat, Buhanginan and Talom in Patikul.

They have sought refuge in the Danag Elementary School.

There's still no official figure on the casualties, but police say the MNLF lost 8 of its fighters while the Abu Sayyaf lost 13.

The clashes broke out Sunday with the MNLF reportedly trying to free kidnapped Jordanian journalist, Baker Atyani.

Atyani's Filipino crew, Ramelito Vela and Rolando Letrero, were released by the bandit group last Saturday. Top Story, ANC, February 5, 2013

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