Soldiers kill 2 BIFF men in latest clash in MaguindanaoMay 18, 2021
MAGUINDANAO – Soldiers shot dead two members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in an encounter in Barangay Mao in Datu Paglas town Sunday.
The slain bandits were followers of Kagui Karialan, leader of one of three factions in the BIFF, the report said.
Karialan is facing more than 30 cases in different courts for acts of terror, including deadly bombings in central Mindanao in recent years.
Sunday’s hostilities in Barangay Mao erupted when BIFF gunmen attacked soldiers patrolling in the area.
The slain Mansur Amil and Salem Oting belong to the BIFF members who stormed the public market of Datu Paglas last May 8.
The continuing Army operations since then have killed seven BIFF members.
Three other BIFF gunmen, initially identified only as Tatoh, Sanged and Samsudin, were wounded in Sunday’s encounter in Barangay Mao, according to sources from the local communities, among them religious leaders.
Major Gen. Juvymax Uy, commander of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, said soldiers found in the scene of Sunday’s gunfight broken rifle parts and ammunition.
Uy said their campaign against Karialan and his followers behind the May 8 atrocity in the town proper of Paglas will continue as planned.
Photo: BIFF bandits left behind their provisions as they fled from Barangay Mao in Datu Paglas in haste.