Philippine National Police (PNP) carry a body bag, containing a member of the Special Action Force, to a van in Mamasapano town, Maguindanao province, January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
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More than 40 Philippine police commandos were killed in an 11-hour firefight with Muslim rebels which erupted while they were chasing one of the region's most wanted militants, police said Monday.Eleven police were injured but there was no information on any Muslim rebel casualties.Almost 400 police commandos swooped before dawn on the hideout of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), a splinter group which rejects the peace pact, in search of Zulkifli bin Hir. Roxas said police claimed to have killed Zulkifli, a bombmaker for the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) group which staged the 2002 Bali bombings and other deadly attacks. The 10,000-strong MILF, the main Muslim rebel group in the south, signed a peace treaty with the government in March last year.The MILF said police did not coordinate the operation as required under the cease-fire accord.
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