Saturday, November 16, 2019

Soldier hurt in Maguindanao blast

From the Philippine News Agency (Nov 16, 2019): Soldier hurt in Maguindanao blast

Satellite map of Shariff Saydona Mustapha, Maguindanao (Photo courtesy of 6ID)

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao -- A soldier was wounded after a device planted by radicals exploded in Shariff Saydona Mustapha, Maguindanao on Friday.

Maj. Gen. Diosdado Carreon, the Army’s 6th Infantry Division commander, identified the injured soldier as Cpl. Alexander D. Flauta of the 90th Infantry Battalion based in Datu Anggal Midtimbang, Maguindanao.

Flauta and his colleagues were conducting an early morning security operation against the Islamic State-inspired Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in Barangay Dasawao, Shariff Saydona Mustapha when the explosive along their path went off.

“The wounded Flauta was immediately brought to this camp’s infirmary following the incident,” Carreon said, vowing a continuous pursuit of BIFF members currently holed up in the 220,000-hectare Liguasan marshland situated in the borders of the “SPMS box”.

“Our relentless efforts to eradicate these terror groups will continue so that communities in Central Mindanao would feel safe and secure from the results of our government's efforts,” he said.

The SPMS box is a term used by the military on the area where the BIFF mainly operates. These are the adjoining towns of Shariff Aguak, Pagatin (Datu Saudi Ampatuan town), Mamasapano, and Shariff Saydona, all in Maguindanao’s second district.

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