Five Muslim rebels killed in southern Philippine clash

Vastavam web: Five Muslim rebels and a soldier were killed during a weekend ground and air assault by Philippines security forces on militants supportive of the Islamic State group in a restive southern region, the military said today.The Philippine army pounded some 50 militants with artillery in a five-hour attack on the island of Mindanao Saturday, according to regional military spokesman Captain Arvin Encinas.”They have enough people to conduct atrocities, and they are actively recruiting,” he said.

The Muslim minority of the mainly Catholic Philippines considers Mindanao as its homeland. Decades of armed rebellion in the region has claimed more than 100,000 lives by official estimates.In response to that violence, President Rodrigo Duterte put Mindanao under until the end of 2018.