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Air Force Bombing Run Kills 6 Civilians in Maguindanao

September 8, 2008

A sickening piece of news is coming tonight from Mindanao.

Officials are saying 6 civilians, two children and a pregnant 18-year-old newlywed, were killed in a bombing run by a Air Force OV 10 Broncos pursuing Moro rebels believed to including rogue commander Umbra Kato.

The report comes despite earlier assertions by the military that its bombing activities against MILF positions would be eased during the ongoing observance of the holy month of Ramadan.

Those who died in the incident in Datu Piang Maguindanao were identified by the MILF as Daya ans Vilma Manunggal, 18-year Aida, reportedly pregnant, and siblings Kim, Adtaya and Faiza Manda.

The military is saying the Broncos were called to provide air support after MILF gunners fired 50 caliber machine guns at military helicoters.

The other circumstances remain sketchy but one thing is clear, the government has blood on its hands tonight.

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