Army foils BIFF attack in North Cotabato

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 11 January) – Government troops on Thursday foiled an attack by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in a farming village in Pigcawayan, North Cotabato.

Captain Arvin Encinas, spokesperson of Army’s 6th division said troops from 34th Infantry Battalion said around 30 BIFF rebels arrived in Barangay Malagakit, Pigcawayan at dawn but withdrew after the military fired mortars at them.

A unit of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters. MindaNews file photo by FERDINANDH CABRERA

Encinas said they had monitored the movement of the armed group and learned of its plan to launch attacks in the province.

“We received a prior information about the plan of attack by BIFF so the troops positioned to block them,” he said.

Since midnight on Wednesday until the early hours on Thursday gunfire and mortar explosions could be heard in the area.

The rebels led by Commander Agila boarded a motorized boat from the marsh to Malagakit. They fired their guns upon arriving in the village but were met by mortar fire.

The BIFF had been launching attacks since last month against Teduray and Lambangian tribes in Ferris Hill in tri-boundary towns resulting in casualties on government and rebel sides.

The local government of Pigcawayan has advised residents to be vigilant and not to exaggerate information shared in social media. (Ferdinandh Cabrera/MindaNews)