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Top BIFF commander killed in Maguindanao clashes–military

The military believes the leader of the breakaway Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, Ameril Umra Kato (in photo), had suffered a stroke and the secessionist group was now under the command of Kato’s right-hand man, Commander Muhaiden Animbang, aka Kagi Karialan.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

A top lieutenant of Ameril Umbra Kato, leader of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, was one of the fatalities of the series of clashes between Moro rebels and the government forces in Maguindanao, the military said Friday.

Posted: January 31st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

MILF, gov’t to protect Mindanao from BIFF attacks

Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Malacañang on Tuesday said the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is working with government forces to secure communities in Mindanao from its breakaway group.

Posted: January 28th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Criminal complaints filed against Kato, 113 rebels

RENEGADE Moro rebel leader Ustadz Ameril Umra Kato. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Police are seeking murder and kidnapping charges against members of a Muslim rebel faction for a rampage that killed dozens of combatants and forced thousands of villagers to flee in the southern Philippines last month, officials said Wednesday.

Posted: September 5th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Police, military seek public help in locating Kato

RENEGADE Moro rebel leader Ustadz Ameril Umra Kato. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The military on Tuesday appealed to the public for assistance in locating breakaway Moro group Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) leader Ameril Umbra Kato following the series of attacks in Maguindanao last month.

Posted: September 4th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Kato still in command of MILF splinter group, says aide

Ameril Umbra Kato, right, the commander of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, the breakaway faction of the largest Filipino Muslim rebel group, leads his men in prayers inside his rebel stronghold in Maguindanao Tuesday. AP FILE PHOTO

Moro rebel leader Ameril Umbra Kato might be ill but he remains in control of the group he had founded in 2010, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement, one of his aides said Wednesday.

Posted: August 22nd, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »