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The government signed a preliminary peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the largest Muslim insurgent group. Under the plan, the 12,000-member MILF gains significant powers in a new autonomous region in Mindanao but surrenders its goal of an independent homeland.
The government reached a preliminary peace deal with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front insurgency, agreeing to establish an autonomous Muslim region by 2016 called "Bangsamoro" on the island of Mindanao. After details are hammered out, rebel forces will be gradually deactivated "beyond use." Groups such as Abu Sayyaf and the Bangsamoro Islamic Salvation Front have not agreed to the deal, however.
Security forces killed three Abu Sayyaf fighters during clashes in the village of Guiong in the southern province of Basilan. Security forces engaged more than 100 Abu Sayaf fighters during the skirmish.
An Indian man held captive for 14 months by Abu Sayyaf militants in Sulu province escaped from his captors. The al Qaeda-linked militants had demanded a ransom but the captive's family had refused to pay; police said his life was spared because he was a Muslim.
Hundreds of Philippine troops attacked two Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement camps in Maguindanao. Four soldiers and two BISF fighters have been killed during the fighting.
Government troops attacked an encampment of the al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group on Basilan island. In the ensuing clash, 16 militants and 20 troops were killed.
Police captured Hadjer Arasani, an Abu Sayyaf operative, during a raid in the city of Lamitan in Basilan province. Arasani was involved int he kidnapping of six Jehovah's Witnesses and the murder of a police officer.