From the Philippine News Agency (Jun 21): BIFF attacks NoCot villages
An undetermined number of suspected Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) on Wednesday attacked two villages in the borders of North Cotabato and Maguindanao, police said.
Chief Inspector Realan Mamon, chief of Pigcawayan PNP, said the BIFF first harassed the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPAT) outpost in Barangay Malagakit which resulted to a fierce firefight.
The tension now centers in Barangay Malagakit and the adjacent Barangay Simsiman, forcing hundreds of residents to flee.
Mamon said the lawless group was led by Commander Aguila that operates in the boundary of Pigcawayan and Northern Kabuntalan town of Maguindanao.
He also confirmed that nobody was hurt as of posting time.
The LGU quickly suspended classes in all levels in Malagakit, Simsiman and nearby villages to guarantee the safety of students.
Mamon has yet to confirm reports circulating that some students were held hostage by the rebels.
Meantime, joint elements of military and PNP are conducting pursuit operations against the BIFF.
The Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (MDRRM) rescued some residents and brought them to an evacuation center nearby.