3 suspected BIFF members dead in clash PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 11:17

Three suspected Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) members were killed in the pursuit operations by the 45th Infantry Battalion in Barangay Pendililang, Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao yesterday morning.

Those slain are believed to be part of the BIFF group, numbering 100, which took part in a series of harassment attacks against military outposts in Maguindanao.

Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief, said the soldiers also recovered a 5.56mm M-653 automatic rifle.

Prior to this, BIFF members strafed an oil tanker in Barangay Bagan, Guindolongan, Maguindanao around 5:20 a.m.

This prompted Alpha Company of the 6th Infantry Division to chase the perpetrators, triggering an intense firefight.

Immediately, the 6th Infantry Division temporarily closed the Macasampen-Salbo route in order to safeguard the commuting public.

Around 10:00 a.m. troopers from the 2Mechanized Infantry Battalion and explosive ordnance disposal team headed by Lt. Col. Sidney Atega defused an improvised explosive device along a highway 300 meters away from the Sawmill Detachment in Barangay Macasampen.