4 more BIFFs killed in clash PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 09 March 2015 14:32

Philippine Marines killed two Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters(BIFF)in a fresh encounter Sunday morning as government forces penetrated into the rebel group’s stronghold in the central province of Maguindanao.

Armed Forces of the Philippines public affairs head Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc told GMA News in Manila that the latest encounter broke out at 7:15 a.m.

Cabunoc said the marines seized one M14 rifle and one M1 Garand after the encounter.

He did not immediately give further details.

Earlier, Cabunoc said at least two BIFF members were killed in a firefight with government troops Saturday night.

He said one of the slain BIFF members wore a police Special Action Force uniform, apparently belonging to one of the 44 police commandos killed in the January 25 battle in Mamasapano town in Manguindanao.

The BIFF and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front clashed with SAF police commandos who were on a mission to capture Malaysian bomb expert Zulkipli bin Hir alias Marwan.  Marwan was shot dead in that operation.

MILF had said that 18 of its fighters were killed in that battle.

Cabunoc said the remains of the two slain BIFF members were turned over to a Imam (Muslim priest) to be given decent Islamic burial.

“Even the bandits whoÊdie in battle are respected,” he said.