Close  

Gov’t airstrikes kill 6 BIFF gunmen in Maguindanao

05:16 AM March 13, 2019

COTABATO CITY — After four soldiers were killed by Islamic State (IS)-inspired gunmen in separate instances in this city and in Maguindanao province recently, the military retaliated and attacked a suspected lair of terrorists in Shariff Saydona Mustapha town, leaving six rebels dead, military reports said.

Two other suspected members of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) were injured while a government soldier was killed during the initial clashes on Monday morning, according to Maj. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division.

ADVERTISEMENT

“Expect continuing military operations in the coming days to flush out BIFF in the peripheries of communities near the marshland,” Sobejana told reporters on Tuesday.

He withheld the identity of the slain soldier pending notification of his immediate family.

FEATURED STORIES

Six bodies, suspected to be BIFF rebels, were fished out of the marshland at Barangay Inaladan, Shariff Saydona Mustapha, after the military operation.

BIFF faction

Residents told local and military officials that the fatalities were followers of Abu Torayfe, leader of a faction of BIFF.

Two helicopter gunships, backed by artillery fire, took turns in striking sections of the marshland.

The operation sent several villagers fleeing to safer grounds. Residents in the nearby towns of Datu Salibo and Mamasapano also fled during the military operation.

Sobejana said there would be no letup in the offensives even as he directed all units under his command to exercise precautionary measures to prevent retaliatory attacks, especially on off-duty soldiers.

Last week four soldiers, one in Cotabato City and three in Maguindanao, were killed by gunmen who later claimed to belong to BIFF. —Edwin O. Fernandez

ADVERTISEMENT

Read Next
LATEST STORIES
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: 6th Infantry Division, biff, military airstrikes, MIndanao militants
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2019 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.