Sunday, August 6, 2017

BIFF in simultaneous Maguindanao attacks

From the Manila Bulletin (Aug 5): BIFF in simultaneous Maguindanao attacks

A policeman and two soldiers were wounded when Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) rebels launched simultaneously attacks Friday night on a police station and an Army detachment in Datu Unsay and Datu Saudi, Maguindanao.

Sr. Supt. Agustin Tello, Maguindanao police director, said BIFF rebels attacked the municipal police station of Datu Unsay town around 7:30 p.m., which lasted for an hour that resulted in the wounding of PO1 Usman Datuan.

The BIFF rebels also launched an attack on an Army detachment in nearby Barangay Meta, Datu Saudi Ampayuan town at around the same time.

Capt. Arvin John Encinas, spokesperson of Sixth Infantry Division (6th ID), said rebels opened fired at the soldiers who were conducting patrol in the area.

He said a 20-minute gunfight ensued which resulted in the wounding of two soldiers.

He said the troops launched pursuit operation against the rebels who fled toward the marshland area of nearby Datu Piang town.

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