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Residents trapped as BIFF men attack North Cotabato village

/ 09:33 AM June 21, 2017

KIDAPAWAN CITY–Suspected members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) stormed a village in Pigcawayan town in North Cotabato province early Wednesday, trapping an undetermined number of residents in a local community, police said.

Chief Insp. Realan Mamon, Pigcawayan police chief, said the group, led by one “Commander Agila,” attacked Barangay (village) Malagakit at 5 a.m.

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Mamon confirmed that civilians were trapped in the area, where government troops engaged the group in a gunfight.

He, however, could not say if there were students being held hostage by BIFF members as classes had yet to start for the day when the gunmen attacked.

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“We are still verifying that report,” Mamon told the Inquirer by telephone.

He said the local police, as of 9 a.m., had yet to receive reports on the number of casualties. The village of Malagakit is 8 kilometers away from the town center of Pigcawayan. RJLA

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