PHOTOS | 1,500 civilians flee communities during bloody clash in Mamasapano

January 30, 2015

Moro human rights group Suara Bangsamoro has revealed to Pinoy Weekly that at least 1,500 Moro civilians have fled their communities in Brgy. Tukalanipao in Mamasapano town of Maguindanao province in the aftermath of the fighting between police Special Action Force (SAF) commandos and members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) on January 25.

The number of fleeing civilians was provided by the local government of Mamasapano, according to Jerome Succor Aba, spokesperson of Suara Bangsamoro.

As of this writing, the civilians have camped out on both sides of the national road, Aba added.

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Here are photos of the evacuees:

Civilians also reported that at least six of their fellow residents were killed before or during the encounters. Photo courtesy of <b>Suara Bangsamoro</b>

Civilians also reported that at least six of their fellow residents were killed before or during the encounters. Photo courtesy of Suara Bangsamoro

Evacuees camp out on both sides of the road, fleeing from the fighting in Brgy. Tukanalipao in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. Photo courtesy of <b>Suara Bangsamoro</b>

Evacuees camp out on both sides of the road, fleeing from the fighting in Brgy. Tukanalipao in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. Photo courtesy of Suara Bangsamoro