3 BIFF rebels killed in new Maguindanao attacks – military

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/09 June) – Three members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIFF) were reported killed and another one was wounded in fresh attacks by the rebel group on military outposts in Maguindanao.

A civilian and an Army soldier were also wounded during the attacks, according to a report from 6th Infantry Division spokesperson Col. Dickson Hermoso .

The BIFF first targeted a detachment of the 61st Division Recon Company in Barangay Ganta, Shariff Saydona Mustapha town on Sunday night resulting in a firefight that lasted an hour, Hermoso said.

Around 12:05am today, the BIFF also attacked a community security base of Moro National Liberation Front in Barangay Damabalas, Datu Piang town.

The MNLF base was manned by Commander Quaipo Dalandas and Leki Angas who managed to fire back at the attackers, the military said.

But the BIFF vehemently denied attacking the MNLF base.

BIFF Abu Misry Mama said they only targeted military outposts when they attacked Barangay Ganta in Shariff Saydona Mustapha and Barangay Damabalas in Datu Piang.

He said the attacks were led by their ground commanders identified as OB-Ten and Saga.

Hermoso said three BIFF rebels were killed and one Army soldier was wounded in the attack.

A civilian identified as Bai Saida Lakim, of Barangay Damabalas was also wounded by a stray bullet.

But the BIFF denied they suffered casualties, although they admitted three of their fighters including OB-Ten were wounded.

Some 60 families had evacuated from the two barangays, according to the Department of Social Welfare and Development provincial office.

On Thursday last week, a member of the 45th Infantry Battalion was killed and three others were wounded when an improvised explosive device hit a military vehicle in Barangay Maitumaig, Datu Unsay Ampatuan town in Maguindanao.

Maguindanao police said the incident occurred as soldiers belonging to the 45th Infantry Battalion were on the way back to their headquarters after escorting a group of Teduray evacuees to Mount Feles in Datu Unsay Ampatuan.

The BIFF broke away from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front over disagreements on the conduct of the peace negotiation with government. (Ferdinandh Cabrera/MindaNews)