Soldier killed, 3 others wounded in Army-BIFF clash

DATU UNSAY, Maguindanao (MindaNews/29 March) – A soldier was killed and three others were wounded when government forces clashed with Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in two areas in Maguindanao Sunday, the Army here said.

The clash erupted on the third day of the three-day suspension of military operations to give way to graduation ceremonies in Maguindanao’s 13 municipalities affected by Army law enforcement operations against BIFF.

Colonel Meldquiades Feliciano, 601st Infantry Brigade commander, said three BIFF guerrillas were wounded when a firefight erupted at 9:20 a.m. in Barangay Malangob, Datu Unsay, Maguindanao.

“Our troops were on patrol in Barnagay Malangob when they were fired upon by BIFF forces,” Feliciano said, adding that another encounter also occurred in adjacent Barangay Pamalian, Shariff Saydona, also in Maguindanao.

The BIFF admitted it suffered three wounded fighters in the Shariff Saydona encounter. (Ferdinandh Cabrera / MindaNews)