Wednesday, June 14, 2017

BOI SF-260 'friendly fire incident' report now with AFP chief

From the Philippine News Agency (Jun 14): BOI SF-260 'friendly fire incident' report now with AFP chief

The Board of Inquiry (BOI) findings, regarding the "friendly fire incident" where a SIAI-Marchetti SF-260 light attack plane that accidentally bombed government troops in Marawi City killing 10 and wounding seven last May 31, has already been forwarded to Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff Gen. Eduardo Año last June 9.

This was confirmed by AFP inspector general Major Gen. Rafael Valencia in an interview Wednesday.

"The report was already submitted to AFP chief-of-staff Gen. Año last Friday. I know he has already read it," he said in Filipino.

The SF-260 aircraft was on its fourth sortie against the lawless element, when its bombs accidentally hit Army troops in the area, killing 10 and wounding seven others.

However, Valencia declined to give details on their findings as some of the information there have some implications on the ongoing operations in Marawi City where government forces are now engaged in a battle with the remaining Maute Group terrorists.

"Actually, one of the recommendation is to hold the (release) of the findings (since) combat operations in Marawi City are still ongoing. We don't want to endanger the lives of our troops. That is one of my recommendations to the Chief-of-Staff," he added.

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