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NPA lays claim to dozens of attacks

As if to debunk military claim they are wilting as a force, the New People’s Army (NPA) has released a statement on Monday claiming responsibility for 27 successive attacks against government forces and installations in various parts of Mindanao early November.

Bombing continues

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Troops yesterday bombed militants loyal to the Islamic State group who have held out for over four months here and the military said the conflict would be over “very soon.”

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The President said he would be less seen in public since he intends to visit the troops and try to boost their morale amid efforts to quell a rebellion by the Islamic State-linked militants.

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Government forces overran two Abu Sayyaf camps in Sulu as intensified operations against the militant group continue to rescue remaining hostages of the militant group, a military spokesman said yesterday.

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A NEW name has appeared in military reports of fighting in Mindanao – Maute Group. The Western Mindanao Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines reported the other day that 54 militants identified as members of the Maute Group had been killed in a joint military-police offensive in Lanao del Sur.

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Government forces rescued Thursday night a Korean abandoned by his kidnappers due to his physical condition at the boundary of Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte. PNP spokesman P/Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz, Jr. said the victim, Choi Inn So, was abandoned by his captors at the boundaries of Deguyanan, Madamba, Lanao del Sur and Salvador, Lanao del Norte around 9:35 p.m. on Thursday.

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