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Philippine Rebels Refuse to Surrender Cease-Fire Violators

The Philippines' largest Muslim rebel group has rejected a military demand to surrender two rogue guerrilla leaders who broke a truce by attacking an army outpost.

A senior leader of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (Jun Mantawil) said in a statement Friday that turning over the two was out of the question, but that the MILF would punish those responsible for the attacks.

The attacks were led by two MILF field commanders Abdul Rahman Binago and Abdul Wahid Tundon, whose 600 rebel force overran an army outpost on southern Mindanao island Sunday, killing at least six soldiers.

MILF spokesmen said the attack was not sanctioned by rebel leaders and was in apparent retaliation for the killing of Mr. Binago's brother.

Some information for this report provided by AFP, Reuters.