2 motorcycle-riding BIFFs killed in Maguindanao PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 12 December 2014 11:44

Two motorcycle-riding Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) members were shot dead after firing on patrolling troopers of the 45th Infantry Battalion in Datu Unsay town, Maguindanao Wednesday afternoon.

Capt. Jo-ann Petinglay, 6th Infantry Division public affairs office chief, said the encounter happened at 2:25 p.m.

She added that soldiers were patrolling the road junction going to Sitio Kyamco along Barangay Maitumaig, Datu Unsay when two BIFF members, aboard a red Honda XRM motorcycle, fired on the soldiers.

Government troops immediately returned fire, killing the two.

Petinglay said prior to the neutralization of the two, another BIFF group engaged the soldiers, triggering a series of gun battles lasting 15 minutes.

Reinforcements from the 45th Infantry Battalion and Datu Unsay Municipal Police Station eventually forced the BIFF to retreat.

One of the slain BIFF was identified as “Jonex” while the identity of the other fatality is still being determined.

Recovered from the crime scene was a .45 caliber pistol, a hand grenade, assorted shells and the motorcycle.

Pursuit operations are still ongoing as of this posting.

“The military troops are continually conducting visibility and security patrols along the national highway in order to preempt the attempt of any group who plans to conduct criminality in the area. The recent incident will bring a strong message to the criminals that they will never be given a chance to create disorder and chaos in the communities,” Petinglay said.