3 BIFFs slain in encounter with military in Maguindanao

Published November 27, 2019, 11:34 AM

by Patrick Garcia

By Aaron Recuenco

Security forces killed three suspected members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in a raid on their lair in Shariff Saydona Mustapha in Maguindanao.

Major General Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the Philippine Army's 6th Infantry Division (6ID) and Joint Task Force (JTF) Central (photo courtesy of wikipedia / MANILA BULLETIN)
Major General Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the Philippine Army’s 6th Infantry Division (6ID) and Joint Task Force (JTF) Central (photo courtesy of wikipedia / MANILA BULLETIN)

Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the Western Mindanao Command, said the bodies of the three slain BIFF members were recovered during the clearing operation after the encounter in Barangay Pusao.

An assault rifle and a .45 pistol were also confiscated in the area.

Sobejana said the operation stemmed from intelligence reports about the presence of BIFF fighters in the area.

The operation was also an offshoot of the combat operation in Barangay Pamalian of the same town where three M16 rifles, three improvised explosive devices, and six improvised hand grenades were seized.

Sobejana said the BIFF fighters died during the operation.

“After clearing and securing the area, operating troops coordinated with the barangay officials to identify the recovered bodies and subsequently facilitate the proper burial of the slain BIFF fighters,” said Sobejana.

The BIFF is a breakaway faction of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). The group is composed of at least two top commanders of the MILF and their men who support independence rather than peace agreement with the government.

The BIFF is tagged in several bomb attacks and ambush in Maguindanao area.

“These recoveries connote operational success while our troops on the ground build up their focused military operations to hunt and pound the remaining terrorists in Central Mindanao,” said Sobejana.

 
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3 BIFFs slain in encounter with military in Maguindanao

Published November 27, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Aaron Recuenco

Security forces killed three suspected members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in a raid on their lair in Shariff Saydona Mustapha in Maguindanao.

Major General Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the Philippine Army's 6th Infantry Division (6ID) and Joint Task Force (JTF) Central (photo courtesy of wikipedia / MANILA BULLETIN)
Major General Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the Philippine Army’s 6th Infantry Division (6ID) and Joint Task Force (JTF) Central (photo courtesy of wikipedia / MANILA BULLETIN)

Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the Western Mindanao Command, said the bodies of the three slain BIFF members were recovered during the clearing operation after the encounter in Barangay Pusao.

An assault rifle and a .45 pistol were also confiscated in the area.

Sobejana said the operation stemmed from intelligence reports about the presence of BIFF fighters in the area.

The operation was also an offshoot of the combat operation in Barangay Pamalian of the same town where three M16 rifles, three improvised explosive devices, and six improvised hand grenades were seized.

Sobejana said the BIFF fighters died during the operation.

“After clearing and securing the area, operating troops coordinated with the barangay officials to identify the recovered bodies and subsequently facilitate the proper burial of the slain BIFF fighters,” said Sobejana.

The BIFF is a breakaway faction of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). The group is composed of at least two top commanders of the MILF and their men who support independence rather than peace agreement with the government.

The BIFF is tagged in several bomb attacks and ambush in Maguindanao area.

“These recoveries connote operational success while our troops on the ground build up their focused military operations to hunt and pound the remaining terrorists in Central Mindanao,” said Sobejana.

 
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