Police and military authorities in remote villages in Midsayap and Pikit,
The first encounter was triggered by the bandits' attack on an Army and militia base in Barangay Paidu Pulangi, Pikit,
About 20 BIFF rebels crossed the 10-meter wide Paidu Pulangin river and started firing at the detachment of Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) triggering an exchange of bullets from both sides, according to Capt. Antonio Bulao.
Bulao, speaking for the military's 602nd Infantry Brigade based here, said the BIFF suffered three casualties whom they carried as they fled back to Barangay Dasyawan, Datu Salibo, Maguindanao. No casualty on government side.
In separate encounter, two other BIFF were killed when their attempt to attack a detachment in Purok Mirasol, Barangay Palumugin, Midsayap, also in North Cotabato, was repulsed by alert militiamen and soldiers of the 40th Infantry Battalion.
Supt. Renante Delos
"They hauled our valuables, goats and carabaos that we left when we hurriedly evacuated," said Solomon Sanep, a villager of Polomoguin.
Delos Santos and Bulao both appealed to farmers and village officials to help the local authorities in ensuring the safety of civilians by alerting the police about presence of unidentified persons in their villages.