AFP remains on alert for possible BIFF attacks PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 13:04

Despite inflicting a crippling defeat on the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Monday announced that all its forces in Maguindanao are still on alert and conducting security operations to account for the remaining brigands.

Major Gen. Domingo Tutaan, AFP spokesperson, said they opted to do this footing as the BIFF could attack again without any warning.

“(They could attack again as) they are sinister (and) treacherous. That is why vigilance is required,” he added.

The AFP earlier stated that its “Operation Darkhorse,” which was terminated Sunday, resulted in the neutralization of 101 known BIFF personalities of which 52 were killed and 49 wounded.

“Operation Darkhorse” also resulted in the recovery several high-powered firearms, explosive ordnance and capture of four BIFF camps and the neutralization of a makeshift IED (improvised explosive device) factory in Barangay Ganta, Shariff Saydona Mustapha, Maguindanao.

The factory is responsible for the production of IEDs used in bombings in Central Mindanao.

“Operation Darkhorse” was launched late last week by the Army in support of the Philippine National Police (PNP)’s drive to effect warrants of arrest for BIFF personalities involved in various crimes including kidnap for ransom, murder, and other violent activities.

It provided military support to the PNP in their pursuit of BIFF personalities.