Philippine troops battle hardline Muslim rebels opposed to new peace deal

Philippine troops have clashed with hardline Muslim rebels opposed to the government's newly concluded peace deal with a main insurgent group and wounded at least two militants in ongoing fighting.

Regional army spokesman Col. Dickson Hermoso says police backed by troops were on the way to arrest commanders of the rebel Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement when the clash erupted Monday in a vast marshland of southern Maguindanao province.

Police also came under fire Sunday when they attempted to arrest the rebel group's commanders in another Maguindanao area.

Rebel spokesman Abu Misry says two fighters were wounded by army gunfire and shelling in the clashes.

The rebels involved in the fighting are opposed to Malaysian-brokered peace talks concluded Saturday between the government and the larger Moro Islamic Liberation Front.