After Maguindanao, BIFF attacks North Cotabato Cafgu detachment

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/19 February) – Suspected members of the breakaway Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters have brought the war zone to North Cotabato, particularly in Aleosan town, police said.

Senior Inspector Jun Napat, Aleosan town police chief, said the attack on a Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (Cafgu) detachment in Barangay Pagangan, Aleosan happened around 10:30 p.m. on Thursday.

He said it could be a diversionary tactic by the rebel group to mislead pursuing government forces.

“They attacked the detachment with rocket propelled grenades and Barrett sniper fires for about 10 minutes, then fled back to the marshland,” Napat told reporters.

At 7 a.m. on Friday, Cafgu members conducted clearing operations and found an improvised bomb some 50 meters away from the detachment believed to have been left by the attackers.

Napat said a two-way hand held radio was attached to it, but they have yet to determine its components.

Army bomb experts came to defuse the bomb. (Ferdinandh Cabrera/MindaNews)