At least 10 extremist rebels have been killed and several injured in airstrikes launched by Philippine troops in the country’s Maguindanao province.
In response to the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters’ (BIFF) attack on an army post in Maitumaig village in Datu Unsay town, the troops launched the airstrikes around 10:00 pm local time on Monday, said the military.
Two gunship helicopters were sent to the area and bombed the rebel positions for four hours until 2:00 am Tuesday, reports Xinhua news agency citing the military.
The military said a clearing operation is now underway after successfully repelling the rebels.
The fresh attack took place while Mindanao is under the martial rule.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has imposed the martial law in entire Mindanao to totally crush antigovernment rebels in the region.
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