Philippines says leader of a splinter Muslim rebel group dies

April 14, 2015 10:33 AM

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Philippines says leader of a splinter Muslim rebel group dies

MANILA (Reuters) - The leader of a small but violent splinter group of Muslim rebels died on Tuesday, the head of Philippine military said, removing a hindrance to a peace process to end a 45-year-old conflict in the south of the mainly Catholic country.

Ameril Umbra Kato, a Muslim cleric, who organized the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) to continue the armed struggle to set up an independent Islamic state, suffered a heart attack in his hideout in Maguindanao province.

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