2 soldiers hurt in clash with BIFF PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 12:17

Two army soldiers were wounded in a clash Monday with some 30  gunmen of the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), a breakaway faction of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) , in the province of Maguindanao

Capt. Jo Ann Petinglay, spokesperson of the military’s Joint Task Force in Mindanao, said that two troopers from the 45th Infantry Battalion were wounded when they encountered with the BIFF guerrillas in the village of Nabundas, Shariff Saydona Mustapha town, around 8 a.m.

Petinglay said that two platoons (72 men) from the 45th Infantry Battalion were conducting routine security patrols following reports that the BIFF were planting IEDs (improvised explosive devices) in the area when the gunbattle broke out.

Petinglay said the BIFF guerrillas were headed by a certain “Bisaya” and one “Commander  Sanad.”

Aside from the two soldiers, an undetermined number of BIFF gunmen were believed to have also been wounded in the clash, Petinglay said.

“Additional reinforcements proceeded to the encounter site for pursuit operations. (The) 6th Infantry Division condemns (the) incidents which might create fear and terror among innocent civilians and is calling on the support of the populace, the LGUs (local government units) and MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) and MNLF (Moro National Liberation Front) forces to keep watch over the security situation of their respective areas by giving accurate information regarding terror activities and plans of any threat groups,” Petinglay said.

She added that the 6th Infantry Division is now proactively working with the Philippine National Police to trample these groups.

Maguindanao is the bastion of the MILF which has signed with the Philippine government on March 27 a peace deal that has been rejected by the extremist BIFF headed by Saudi educated Umbra Kato.