Filipino Muslims end Ramadan with gunfire

October 23, 2006 05:09

Shots rang out at dawn Monday as thousands of Filipino Muslims fired guns to celebrate the end of the fasting month of Ramadan and prayed for peace in the country's troubled southern region. Police officials have warned against firing guns - the traditional way of marking the start of the three-day feast of Eid al-Fitr - but few paid notice and no casualties from stray bullets were immediately reported. In Cotabato city, 880 kilometers (550 miles) southeast of Manila, 40,000 faithful gathered at an open air stadium for morning prayers. Abdulcadir Abdullah, a senior Muslim cleric, said the Philippine grand mufti, Omar Pasigan, declared the end of fasting hours after the new moon was sighted.

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