World Bulletin / News Desk
At least 30 people have been reported killed as fighting between members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Abu Sayyaf group resumed in the jungles of Patikul, Sulu on Monday.
A commander with the Moro National Liberation Front, which has an autonomy deal with the government, said his group battled Abu Sayyaf gunmen Sunday after the Abu Sayyaf refused to free several foreign hostages it has held in jungle lairs for months, including a Jordanian TV journalist and two European men. The fighters did release two Filipino hostages who were found by police Saturday.
It was the first major bloody confrontation between the two insurgent groups.
MNLF commander Khabir Malik said his group had taken the initiative to seek the freedom of the hostages to help the government clean up the image of Sulu.
Another Muslim group, Moro Islamic Liberation Front is currently engaged in Malaysian-brokered talks with the government to expand and seek more power and resources for an existing Muslim autonomous region in the south.Last Mod: 04 Şubat 2013, 13:33