One soldier killed, two wounded in military encounter with suspected BIFF in Cotabato
Armed men also took several civilians as human shields, Hermoso added.
Mayor Romeo Arana said they are verifying reports that 15 teachers were held hostage by the rebels.
North Cotabato 1st district board member Loreto Cabaya said he received information that there were civilians wounded in the attacke.
“I received text messages from my informants in the area that there were wounded civilians but as to the numbers I cannot ascertain it as of this time,” Cabaya told radio station dxMS in Cotabato City.
Hermoso said the fighting started early morning and peaked at about 8 a.m.